Suspect arrested for attempted murder: Forbestown man 'beaten h...

There are 20 comments on the Nov 5, 2009, Oroville Mercury-Register story titled Suspect arrested for attempted murder: Forbestown man 'beaten h.... In it, Oroville Mercury-Register reports that:

A 25-year-old man was arrested Thursday in what the Butte County Sheriff's Office is calling the attempted murder of a man in Forbestown Park.

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Justice For Whom

Chico, CA

#1 Nov 6, 2009
Mr. Baker had a previous arrest for assault and battery in October. Can anyone explain why assault and battery is a misdemeanor and not a felony?
Justice For All

United States

#2 Nov 6, 2009
Mr Lopez is a meth pusher and user, thief and wanted by the law. So before you go defending him maybe you should really know you that person is. Maybe Mr Baker did everyone a favor.
Mountain Justice

El Dorado Hills, CA

#3 Nov 6, 2009
Lopez has been a major problem in the hills for years and has been right under law enforcement's nose. For some reason Lopez was allowed to walk free. He has brought his dirty dope here from the valley. Forbestown is a beautiful place to live and most of us that live here are NOT "scarred to death".
Those of us that know Joe are sad that he reacted badly in this situation. The residents of Forbestown are glad that Lopez is gone! Too bad it had to be Mountain Justice.
Alison Anderson

Placerville, CA

#4 Nov 6, 2009
Rigoberto is NOT from Forbestown.
He is a piece of crap tweeker/Thief!!
Finally got what was coming to him.
If this is Joe's doing....THANK YOU!!!!!!
Get "Rico" out of here!
We love Joe and are thinking of you.
Vigalante Justice

El Dorado Hills, CA

#5 Nov 6, 2009
Vigalante justice isn't right when taken to this extent, but what is a small community to do when a known thief, drug dealer, and member of the Mexican Mafia wanted by the law for years is left to run free terrorizing the community. Joe was left to seek justice for the community as law enforcement didn't. If only the law enforcement had done their job this would not have occured. Joe's actions were wrong, but after repeated tips on where to catch this guy went unfulfilled, what could we expect?
Justice For Whom

Chico, CA

#6 Nov 6, 2009
Justice For All wrote:
Mr Lopez is a meth pusher and user, thief and wanted by the law. So before you go defending him maybe you should really know you that person is. Maybe Mr Baker did everyone a favor.
I am not defending anyone. Mr. Lopez may be all you state he is and worse. Mr. Baker has a public record for theft and assault and battery and may be the nicest person you've ever met. I am not advocating for or defending anyone. MY question: Does anyone know why assault and battery is a misdemeanor and not a felony? If you can answer this question, please respond.
Forbestown Resident

United States

#7 Nov 6, 2009
I know Joe very well, and agree with the comment about him doing everyone a favor. I am an 8 year resident of Forbestown, and I had been hearing of "Rigo" for years, and how the sheriffs dept has been after him for years. I think some residents of Forbestown may be "scared to death" as this article says, however I also KNOW that there are a lot more residents that understand how and why this happened. The whole incident should never have happened, and I am not saying Joe is innocent. He used very poor judgement and that makes me sad. The call came over the scanner at 3am, and the police showed up at 5:15am. Oroville is only 25 minutes down the hill, so why so long for a response from law enforcement? In my opinion, this would never have happened if we, as residents of this small mountain community, could count on our local law enforcement to respond. But now maybe this meth pusher/user "Rigo" wont be hanging out at our park anymore, and maybe someday I will feel that it is safe enough for my children to actually get to play at our local park. Joe, Im thinking of you and hoping you get through this. I just wish you didnt let your temper get the best of you.
Alison Anderson

Placerville, CA

#8 Nov 6, 2009
I think it depends on the degree of violence that was inflicted.
Also I think the police's attitude has something to do with the charges that are brought...among many other things (ie. District attorney)

My issue with the majority of this story is that This newspaper jumps to so many conclusions. Are these people even educated reporters/ I could be a friggin reporter.
The paper NEVER retracted the article that was run accusing my brother as being a "most wanted" criminal when the police department had no clue why or what the reasoning was.
This paper needs better reporters and more responsible investigative reporting.
We love you Joe and we are not in Rocklin we are in Nevada county.
New to the Area

United States

#9 Nov 6, 2009
I have heard of the evils of "Rigo" since I moved to the mountains here 2 years ago. I feel he is the one of the main reasons people are afraid in Forbestown, especially for the children. Why has he been permitted to conduct business as usual until someone gets fed up with it. No matter what the background of Mr. Baker has been it is sad that he had to take the law into his own hands due to lack of police support. His actions as awful as they are has made Forbestown a safer place!
Forbestown Resident

United States

#10 Nov 6, 2009
New to the Area wrote:
I have heard of the evils of "Rigo" since I moved to the mountains here 2 years ago. I feel he is the one of the main reasons people are afraid in Forbestown, especially for the children. Why has he been permitted to conduct business as usual until someone gets fed up with it. No matter what the background of Mr. Baker has been it is sad that he had to take the law into his own hands due to lack of police support. His actions as awful as they are has made Forbestown a safer place!
You couldn't be more right!!!!
tnt010

Chico, CA

#11 Nov 6, 2009
anyone that knows Joe, knows that Joe is a good man with a pure heart... its too sad that he let his temper get the best of him
Family Friend

Santa Rosa, CA

#12 Nov 6, 2009
For many years now the law enforcement on the hill has LACKED in their duty AND RESPONSIBILITY, not only in response time but in actually acting on the complaints/calls AND CRIMES. Joe reacted and took matters into his own hands, not always the rational thing to do. But when you have a known drug dealer/tweeker and thief that has been able to roam the mountain at will something was bound to happen. The people of Forbestown are resilient strong people who aren't going to put up with the lack of police protection forever. Joe we are praying for you and you have many people who love and support you.
Justice For All

United States

#13 Nov 6, 2009
Hopefully all those now left without there "protection" will either wake up and get a life or pack up and move far away as well. Enough is enough and I am sorry that a young man has wasted his life doing what the law should have done a long time ago. You do have support out here Joe and always will. As for the first poster in this thread....who cares. felony, misdemeanor, whatever. Joe did the mountain and her people a huge favor and it is unfortunate in the manner in which this happened. Maybe you should just bow out gracefully now. There is no real discussion in this matter. What's done is done. I for one am so relieved that "Rico" is now gone and yep I hope he dies. He is a waste of oxygen and has ruined someone I know very well and care for very much. Someone who let her life be ruined by this creeps influence and drugs. Adios. BTW Our taxpayer dollars are covering his medical bills.
Yep

Chico, CA

#14 Nov 6, 2009
Considering the FACT that law enforcement has done nothing all these years in regards to "Rico", the law should go very lenient on Joe! I don't live in the Forbestown area any more and don't know either of these men, but it seems to me that Joe did Forbestown and the surrounding areas a HUGE favor. It would be great to see the community rally around him with letters to the court and D.A.
Live and love forbestown

Marysville, CA

#15 Nov 6, 2009
My family totally supports Joe. He did something that our so called police/sherriff's dept. should have taken care of a long time ago. It's amazing that even though Rigo has been wanted for a long time, no one ever found him!
Forbestown Resident

United States

#16 Nov 6, 2009
Yep wrote:
Considering the FACT that law enforcement has done nothing all these years in regards to "Rico", the law should go very lenient on Joe! I don't live in the Forbestown area any more and don't know either of these men, but it seems to me that Joe did Forbestown and the surrounding areas a HUGE favor. It would be great to see the community rally around him with letters to the court and D.A.
I am thrilled to see all the support for Joe. And I think your right, the community should rally around him for a lenient sentence. I will certainly be writing letters and making phone calls, and I hope other members of my community will do the same.
foothillprinters

Pahrump, NV

#17 Nov 6, 2009
about the victim-isn't this the same guy police have been after for two years? I'm glad he's not dead, but glad the police helicopters will no longer need to buzz my house and scare my horses nearly to death chasing this guy.
foothillprinters

Pahrump, NV

#18 Nov 6, 2009
here in Clipper Mills we have been hearing rumors that there was a naked dead girl found in Forbestown also, of course I had to come here to find out that Rigo was not dead, that is the rumor up here. Has anyone heard of a dead girl? I hate the rumor mill
oroville resident

Oroville, CA

#19 Nov 6, 2009
When I first read the column my thought was: Probably drug related.
It sounds like this Joe did the citizens a favor. We are probably going to see more acts like this, people are going to be taking justice into their own hands. The system is NOT taking care of the problems!
It sounds like Joe is going to need a good lawyer, now everyone needs to pitch in and help pay his court costs.
Forbestown Resident

United States

#20 Nov 6, 2009
oroville resident wrote:
When I first read the column my thought was: Probably drug related.
It sounds like this Joe did the citizens a favor. We are probably going to see more acts like this, people are going to be taking justice into their own hands. The system is NOT taking care of the problems!
It sounds like Joe is going to need a good lawyer, now everyone needs to pitch in and help pay his court costs.
There is a donation can at the Forbestown Store, and I'm sure there will be an account set up before too long.

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