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Multiple Mayhems and Four Lost Hikers

 

Humboldt County Sheriffs Deal With a Little Bit of Everything

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Let’s put all the HCSO releases in one easy place today:

 

Tools Have Multiple Uses for Assault; Suspect Wanted

Eureka–  On Sunday, December 9 at 8:00 in the evening, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a physical altercation in progress in the 2800 block of Lindstrom Drive in Eureka.  The caller told the dispatcher multiple suspects entered a residence and were hitting people with clubs.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with a 47-year-old male victim and a 56-year-old male victim.  Both were bleeding from the head and facial areas.

Medical assistance was requested and responded to the scene to treat
them for their injuries.  The victims injuries were non-life threatening.

Deputies interviewed the victims and witnesses who told them three men entered the residence carrying a wooden shovel handle, a baseball bat, a homemade club attached to a metal pole, a box cutter and a metal ratchet.  The men began attacking and beating the victims with the weapons. 

The victim and witnesses were able to positively identify one of the suspects as Joseph Donald Ray, AKA Joey Ray.

Wanted by the Sheriff’s Office for assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation, Joseph ‘Joey’ Ray is described as a white male adult, 6-1,
175 lbs, brown hair, and 46-years-old from Eureka.

Deputies recovered some of the weapons at the scene.  The Sheriff’s Office is still actively following up on this investigation and attempting to identify the other two suspects.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Thank goodness they weren’t electric or gas powered tools.

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Stabbing Roommates for Poor Behavior

Eureka–  On Saturday, December 8 at 4:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing which just occurred in the 1900 block of Ridgewood Drive in Eureka.

When deputies arrived on scene they located a 24-year-old male and 21-year-old female who were bleeding.   The male had a head injury and the female had been stabbed.  Medical was summoned to the scene to the scene to treat the victims.

Witnesses and the victims identified the suspect as Richard Garnett, 44-years-old.  Garnett had fled out the back of the residence as deputies responded to the scene.  Deputies located Garnett hiding behind an outbuilding where they
took him into custody.

During their investigation deputies learned Garnett resided in the residence and was the victim’s roommate.  Deputies learned the female had been stabbed in the back and shoulder with a kitchen knife, and the male had been struck with a wine bottle in the face when he came to the female’s aid.

Deputies searched the residence and located a broken kitchen knife handle.  Deputies also saw signs that a violent struggle had occurred inside the residence; numerous items were smashed
and broken.

Both the male and female victim were treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Garnett told the deputies he was upset with the victims because of their behavior as roommates.

Mr. Garnett was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and violation of probation.  His bail is set at $50,000.

Time to get a new roommate and not leave dirty dishes in the sink anymore.

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Missing Hikers

Humboldt Redwoods State Parks–  On Sunday, December 9, at 6:15 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from California State Parks regarding four people, including a five-year-old male and a seventeen-year-old female, being lost in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

The lost hikers had a cell phone and called 911 asking for assistance.  The hikers told the dispatcher they had no water or food with them.  California State Parks requested assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in locating the lost hikers.

Humboldt County Sheriff Search and Rescue Deputies, volunteers,
and a State Park Ranger responded to the scene near Albee Creek
Campground.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. the hikers were located.  They were all in good health and did not need medical assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind hikers to tell family and friends where they are hiking; when they expect to return; and to bring appropriate equipment and clothing.  This time of year the weather conditions can change rapidly.  Wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia.

A cell phone, map, or GPS is also very helpful.  Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and a cell phone batteries need to be fully charged, the HCSO reminds us.

The family that gets lost together stays together.

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All in a day’s– or a weekend– work for the SO.

 

 

 

 

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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