UPDATE, Jan. 4: EPD Captain Steve Watson followed up with LoCO this morning to provide the above fresh mugshots as well as to update us on the charges our pair of arrestees are facing. 

For Brett Hansen:

  • PC 29800(a)(1) (felon in possession of firearm)
  • PC 23900 (remove/alter serial number from firearm)
  • PC 33210 (possession of a short barreled shotgun)
  • PC 148(a)(1) (resisting/obstructing officers)
  • PC 1203.2(a) (probation violation) 

Arcata PD’s 836 PC (probable cause) for:

  • PC 211 (robbery by force or fear)
  • CVC 10851 (vehicle theft)

For Hali Pole:

  • PC 148(a)(1) (resist/delay/obstruct peace officer)
  • PC 1203.2(a) (probation violation)

Additionally Watson says other charges for both suspects may include trespassing or commercial burglary for breaking into the downstairs business through the ceiling in their attempt to evade officers.


UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: The woman arrested with Hansen, below, was 23-year-old Halli Lee Pole. A sawed-off gun was found in the car the two had been driving, according to police at the scene.


Hansen file photo.

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: Captain Steve Watson of the EPD tells the Outpost that the primary target of this standoff was Brett Hansen, who was taken into custody at the scene. Hansen was wanted out of Arcata for stealing a car recently, as well as numerous other warrants — including driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, being a felon in possession of guns, and other things.

“He was known to carry guns in the past, so we slowed it down,” Watson said, referring to the length of the standoff.

Watson said that Hansen is the son of the person whose car he is alleged to have stolen, and that his parent has an active restraining order out against him.

Watson said that the EPD’s K-9 unit deserves credit for finally locating Hansen in the rafters of the building, after police stormed the place. An officer fell through the ceiling during the operation, but is all right.

Both Hansen and the female who was taken into custody with him will be booked into jail tonight, Watson said.


Photos: Andrew Goff.

UPDATE, 8:43 p.m.: Now two people have been taken into custody at the scene — a man and a woman — the Outpost’s Andrew Goff reports.


UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.:  A person was taken into custody moments ago. Police had stormed the building, with a K-9 unit leading the charge. Several minutes passed, then a person — presumably the “Brett” police had been seeking — came running out. He She was immediately taken to the ground.


UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Humboldt Bay Fire has sent a truck to the scene. An officer is currently up at the top of the ladder, sweeping the roof with a spotlight.


UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Standoff continues. Police continue to shout messages up to the roof:

“You only have a few warrants. We can deal with those. Don’t make this worse for yourself.”

You can sit up there and be cold or you can come down here and we can talk about this, get you warm and get you something to eat.”

“Brett, if we send a K9 up to you you’re not going to like it, man.”

“One way or another you are going to jail tonight.”

Here’s what it sounds like:



The Eureka Police Department has surrounded the El Milagro Rancho Viejo store on Broadway and are apparently attempting to detain at least one person who is holed up inside or on top of the building.

The Outpost’s Andrew Goff, at the scene, counts at least seven police cars involved in cordoning off the building. Officers have their weapons drawn, and have been shouting at the roof.

Scanner traffic indicates that the call came into the the EPD just before 6 p.m., when an officer spotted a car associated with a person mentioned in a police bulletin delivered earlier in the day. At about 6:10 p.m., police communications were restricted to “Code 33” — a signal to other officers to keep the airwaves clear in emergency situations.

One person seems to have been detained at the scene, however police are still looking for a person last seen on the roof of the building who is wanted on auto theft charges out of Arcata, and who also is the subject of numerous other warrants. 

The EPD’s Captain Steve Watson is currently yelling to the roof through a loudspeaker, asking the wanted person to come to the edge of the roof. “Brett, you really need to think about this,” he said. “Brett, we know you’re on the roof.”

We will update when we know more.