Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

On Monday, April 18, 2016 at about 6:15 p.m, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Patriot gas station in Blue Lake. Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the male victim, an employee of the gas station. The victim stated he was standing outside the gas station when the suspect walked up to him brandishing a pistol and demanded money. The suspect followed the victim inside the gas station, where the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The suspect then fled on foot toward the east. Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, about 5’4”-5’8” tall, between 130 and 150 lbs, with dark brown hair, wearing a white bandana over his face, a white long sleeve shirt, blue pants, a hat and sunglasses, carrying a camo backpack and a small black semi-automatic handgun.

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.