UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: Note also this press release from the Arcata Police Department, which describes an armed robbery that took place between the following two incidents:
From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Friday, March 18, 2016 at approximately 4:57 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Freeway 76 Gas Station on Murray Rd, McKinleyville. Deputies responded and spoke with a male and female victim. The male victim stated suspect #1 demanded money from the cash register while suspect #2 pointed a firearm in their direction. The male victim gave the suspects the money. The suspects fled with the money and several cartons of cigarettes. The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot east on Murray Rd.
Suspect #1 is described as a white male adult, 6’ tall, 200 lbs, wearing a light gray sweatshirt and a red bandana covering his face. Suspect #2 is described as a white male adult, 6’ tall, about 175 lbs, wearing a dark gray sweatshirt and dark pants with a dark bandana covering his face.
Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate the suspects.
Later that morning, at approximately 6:31 a.m., deputies responded to the Fairway Market on Herrick Ave, Eureka, for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim stated two males robbed him at gun point. The suspects demanded cash and brandished a small firearm. The victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fled on foot. The victim described the suspects to the deputies. The description of these suspects matched the description of the two suspects listed above.
A red bandana was found a few blocks south of Fairway Market on Herrick Ave.
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.