Andrew Goff / @ 9:41 a.m. / Crime

Six Arrested on Weed Charges After Being Detained by Construction Workers on Highway 36

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On Friday, September 15, 2017 at about 11:52 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Highway 36 at MM 39 for a report of an occupied stolen vehicle being blocked in by construction workers.  While en route, deputies were advised that four subjects, one who had been shot, had been detained by construction workers on scene. Two additional subjects fled from the vehicle.

Upon arrival, witnesses advised deputies the subjects were being chased by the victim of a robbery. The subjects fled eastbound on Highway 36 in a dark SUV towing a black trailer filled with marijuana.  They came upon the closure at MM 39 still being pursued by the victim. The SUV went around the line of traffic and almost ran over the flagger. As the SUV continued through the closure, the construction crew blocked the SUV from continuing with heavy equipment vehicles. Two suspects fled from the SUV and four others were detained by the crew until deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol arrived on scene.

One subject on scene was treated by medical staff for an apparent grazing gunshot wound to his foot and declined further medical treatment.  The following subjects were arrested and transported to the Humboldt Correctional Facility.

  • Somsack Xayadeth -PC 182 Conspiracy, HS 11360 (a) 2 Transporting/Sale Marijuana; PC 148.9- False Identification to a Peace Officer, Burglary Warrant (Santa Clara County)
  • Hai Troung – PC 182 Conspiracy, HS 11360 (a) 2 Transporting/Sale Marijuana 
  • Ha Troung – PC 182 Conspiracy, HS 11360 (a) 2 Transporting/Sale Marijuana 
  • Sonesay Rathsamy- PC 182 Conspiracy, HS 11360 (a) 2 Transporting/Sale Marijuana , Federal Probation Hold
At approximately 1626 hrs, citizens in the area reported seeing the possible two subjects who fled earlier, near Burr Valley Rd.  Deputies responded and located two subjects matching the description given earlier on Highway 36 at Burr Valley Rd.  Those two subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
  • Johndy Say- PC 182 Conspiracy, HS 11360 (a) 2 Transporting/Sale Marijuana, HS 11364- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, HS 11377 (a) Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Chanrith Yoeun - PC 182 Conspiracy, HS 11360 (a) 2 Transporting/Sale Marijuana 

The victim of the robbery has not been identified at this time, however this investigation is ongoing.

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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