Trio of Yreka women who brought kids to drug deal arrested after ax attack and shots fired at Anderson motel

ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say a trio of Yreka women, all members of the same family, have been arrested after a pre-arranged drug deal spun wildly out of control when the teenager they were attempting to sell marijuana to turned the tables on them and attempted to rob them at an Anderson motel Saturday morning, March 12.

When the women attempted to stop the robbery, a fight broke out in the motel room, at which time the 15-year-old would-be thief attacked the women, striking two of them in the head and face with an ax. The women and teen then struggled over a gun pulled by one of the women, leading to a shot being fired into one of the rooms’ beds.

The violent encounter happened in the presence of two children, who had been brought to the motel drug deal by the women, and led to the arrest of all three women as well as the attempted robber. The two children who witnessed the bloody incident have since been placed into protective custody.


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City of Anderson police officers and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the Motel 6 on McMurray Drive around 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of two women who had both just been struck in the head with an ax, Anderson PD has since reported.

When officials arrived, they found a chaotic and bloody scene inside one of the motel rooms and confirmed finding two women who had sustained serious facial and head injuries after being struck by an ax. Both women needed immediate medical attention for their injuries and were transported by ground ambulances to an area hospital for treatment.

The third woman and two Bolkan children were also found in the room, as was the 15-year-old boy who had attacked the women with the ax. Both the woman and previously ax-wielding teen were detained for further questioning in the incident, while the children who witnessed the terrifying drug deal gone bad, ages 12 and 17, were found to have been unharmed during the melee.

Officials say three related Yreka women brought two children with them to a motel room drug deal, where things quickly spiraled out of control when the teen they had agreed to sell marijuana to attempted to rob them. Anderson PD photo

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined the three women, since identified as 60-year-old Stacey Rene Bolkan, 42-year-old Jolene Mae Bolkan, and 18-year-old Lyberty Rose Bolkan, had conspired to conduct a drug deal with a 15-year-old Redding male.

Officials say the teen, whose name has not been released due to his age, was brought to the motel by Stacey and Lybirty that morning for the expressed purpose of conducting the drug deal.

“Once in the motel the juvenile … took possession of the marijuana and attempted to flee the room,” officials have since described. “When the Bolkan’s attempted to prevent the juvenile’s escape he struck two of them in the head with an ax.”

As chaos ensued within the small and cramped motel room, one of the Bolkan women pulled out a handgun, leading to a violent struggle for control of the firearm.

During the struggle, a shot was fired into a mattress, but the Bolkans were ultimately able to remove the juvenile’s weapons from him and detain him while they called 911 for help.

“Based on the totality of the circumstances in the case the 15-year-old juvenile was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Juvenile Hall,” said officials.

He now faces charges of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault likely to create great bodily injury, and battery with great bodily injury, according to officials, who said that additional charges of attempted murder will also be sought against the teen.

“Lybirty Bolkan was also arrested at the scene on charges of child abuse likely to create great bodily injury or death, possession of marijuana for the purpose of sales, conspiracy, and selling/furnishing a minor marijuana,” Anderson PD continued. “The two juvenile family members of the Bolkan’s were taken into protective custody by Shasta County Child & Family Services.


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After being treated for their ax-related injuries, both Jolene and Stacy Bolkan were arrested on charges of child abuse likely to create great bodily injury or death, possession of marijuana for the purpose of sales, conspiracy, and selling/furnishing a minor marijuana. Jolene faces the additional charge of violation of probation.

Online jail records indicate all three Bolkan women remain in custody, with Jolene’s bail set at $15,000 and the other two women’s bail set at $10,000 each.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact SHASCOM dispatch at (530) 245-6526.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.