Andrew Goff / @ 8:10 a.m. / Crime

New Thing to Worry About, Eurekans: Knife-Wielding Vacuum Thieves

UPDATE: Right. As a commenter noted below, Myers was arrested two months ago for stabbing a man at Sal’s Off Broadway. -AG

Well, this sucks. Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

On 04-05-2013 at about 6:49 pm, officers of the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at the 1500 block of Williams Street.

Upon arrival, the victim explained that he was in front of his residence, cleaning his vehicle, when he went indoors for a moment, leaving his vacuum cleaner unattended. When the victim returned his vacuum cleaner was missing. The victim saw a suspect walking away carrying his vacuum. The victim shouted at the suspect telling him to stop and the victim ran up to him. The victim told the suspect to return his property to him. The suspect brandished a knife at the victim and threatened him. The victim backed away and used his cellular phone to call the police.

As the victim was on the phone with the police, the suspect threw the victim’s property to the ground, smashing the vacuum cleaner into several pieces. He then advanced aggressively towards the victim with the knife open and in his hand. The victim felt that the suspect was intending to stab him. The victim retreated and the suspect fled.

Officers searched the area and located a subject matching the description of the suspect. The subject was within a block of the location of the incident. The subject was detained after a brief struggle with officers. The victim responded to the officer’s location and he positively identified the detained subject as the man who had stolen his property and threatened him with the knife. The subject, identified as Clinton Robert Myers (27 years old of Eureka), was taken into custody. Myers had a knife in his possession at the time of his arrest.

Myers was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, vandalism, and resisting a police officer. He is being held on $50,000 bail.



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