Andrew Goff / @ 6:12 p.m. / Crime

Homeless Man Wanted For SoCal Murder Arrested in SoHum

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 


On 08/06/2017, detectives with the Port Hueneme Police Department (PHPD) contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and requested assistance. PHPD detectives were working on a homicide investigation that occurred within their jurisdiction. Through the PHPD investigation, detectives identified Peter Jeremy Dirksen (age 37) as a person of interest in the brutal killing of a 61-year-old woman. PHPD detectives believed Dirksen had fled to an unknown location in Southern Humboldt after the homicide was committed, and requested that HCSO be on the lookout. Dirksen was wanted for an unrelated felony warrant issued out of Los Angeles County. PHPD detectives requested that HCSO arrest Dirksen on his warrant while they continued with their investigation.

On 08/07/2017, at 6:45 p.m., HCSO deputies assigned to the Garberville Station located Dirksen walking in the 800 block of Redwood Drive, Garberville. Deputies placed Dirksen under arrest without incident and subsequently transported him to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Dirksen was later extradited to Southern California where PHPD detectives were awaiting his arrival. Dirksen was charged with murder and is currently awaiting trial.
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Today, PHPD detectives contacted HCSO to express their appreciation. PHPD detectives stated without the timely arrest of Dirksen, he may have avoided capture.
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.



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