Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On 06-22-2015 at 8:00 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputy contacted two victims of an armed robbery at the Van Duzen Grange in Carlotta. The victims, aged 56 and 26, are father and son.  The victims told the deputy they arranged to meet two people at the Grange in Carlotta, regarding a vehicle that one of the victims might want to purchase. The victims said the asking price of the vehicle they wanted to purchase was $6,000 dollars. The 26 year old victim told the deputy he brought $6,000 dollars in cash with him in case he wanted to purchase the vehicle.

The victims said when they arrived at the Grange they met with a male and female, who were parked there with a red, Nissan, hatchback they were going to look at to possibly buy. The victim’s said as they got out of their vehicle they walked up to the male and female suspects. As they walked towards the Nissan vehicle a second male suspect wearing a ski mask emerged from behind a large poison oak bush. The male suspect was holding a black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it towards the two victims. The male suspect with the handgun ordered both of the victims to lie on the ground or he would shoot them.

When the victims were lying on the ground both of the male suspects searched their pockets and removed all of their personal property. Once they removed all of their personal property they were told to stay on the ground until they left.

The victims said the suspects stole their green/red 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a red canopy shell, California license number 21956G1. The 26 year old victim said the suspects stole $6,260 dollars in cash from his pocket. The victims said they were not injured in this incident. The victims last saw the suspects driving westbound on highway 36 in their vehicle.

The suspects are described as:

  • White, male, adult, 5’ 10”, 270 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes, early 30’s.
  • White, male, adult, 5’ 10”, 140 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes, early 30’s.
  • Unknown description of the female suspect.

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. The suspects are wanted for armed robbery, vehicle theft and criminal threats.

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.