Remember that armed robbery in Blocksburg yesterday? The word was that two suspects, a man and a woman, had forcibly taken 30 pounds of “crop” from a farmer, and were making a getaway on the Alderpoint Road.

Two deputies happened to be patrolling in the Alderpoint area at the time, Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told the Outpost this morning. They were able to locate the suspects’ vehicle. They stopped the vehicle and detained the subjects at gunpoint.

That’s when things got a little weird.

According to Hanson, the “suspects” had a story that was a bit different than the “victim’s.” They told deputies that they were weed trimmers employed by the “victim,” and when it looked like they were never going to be paid they decided to forcibly take some product instead.

At the same time, Hanson said, the “victim” declined to cooperate any further in the investigation.

Deputies ended up citing and releasing the two “suspects” for transportation of a large amount of marijuana, then they confiscated all the marijuana. The alternative, Hanson said, would have been to pull the two deputies off patrol in Alderpoint for the four-hour round trip to the Humboldt County Jail, where the “suspects” would have been booked and released for the (non-violent) crime of driving with a large amount of marijuana.

Just another day in the hills.


UPDATE: From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 08-04-2016 at 4:40 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a citizen, who lived in the 8900 block of Homestead Road, Blocksburg. The citizen reported that he was robbed at gunpoint by a female and male subject on his property. The citizen reported the two suspects took approximately 30 pounds of marijuana from him. The citizen said the suspects drove away from his property in a dodge pickup and he provided a partial license plate number. The citizen reported to law enforcement that he does grow marijuana on his property.

A short time later Two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on routine patrol located the possible suspect vehicle near the Alderpoint Bridge, Alderpoint. The deputies detained a female and male, who were in the vehicle. The two subjects told the deputies they were hired as marijuana trimmers by the citizen who lives on Homestead Road. The two subjects said they had not been paid and they agreed to be paid by marijuana in lieu of cash. The two subjects denied robbing the male victim on Homestead Road.

The Sheriff’s Office tried numerous times to contact the victim but he would not return their phone calls. The Sheriff’s Office confiscated the marijuana the two subjects had with them. Both subjects were issued a citation to appear in Superior Court for possession and transportation of marijuana and released on scene. Deputies located an unloaded firearm in the vehicle, which was seized for safe keeping. At this time this case has been suspended because the victim is refusing to contact law enforcement for a detailed statement of the incident.

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.