UPDATE, 10:07 a.m.: The Sheriff’s Office has sent out a new version of the press release below, with slightly more information:

On 09-24-17 a local Garberville man met with two males at the Sherwood Forest Motel to complete the sale of a large amount of marijuana. The victim’s friend had met the two suspects in Arcata and had set up the transaction. While in the motel room one of the suspects pulled a handgun out and took the marijuana. The victim and his friend had their hands zip tied behind their back and the suspects left the scene with the marijuana. The victim was able to quickly get free and chased the suspects from the motel in his vehicle. The suspects turned southbound on Redwood Drive and entered the turnaround at the south end of town. The victim drove the wrong way onto the northbound off ramp to Garberville and the vehicles collided head on. The suspect vehicle then took off headed northbound on Redwood Drive with the victim again chasing them. Witnesses state the vehicles were traveling between 80-100 mph on Redwood Drive through downtown Garberville. The suspects continued northbound onto Highway 101 as the victim pulled up beside them. The passenger pointed the handgun at the victim who dove down in his seat. At this point it is unclear what happened but the victim thinks he may have clipped the suspect vehicle. Both vehicles ended up crashing and becoming disabled. The victim last saw the suspects running westbound from Highway 101 carrying two large duffel bags. The Sheriff’s Office, CHP and a Fortuna PD K-9 searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

The suspects are described as African American, 5’ 7” to 6’ 0” tall, 225 to 250 pounds, in their 30s, both wearing all black. Witnesses have described the suspects as “stocky”.

Through ongoing investigation video surveillance was located of the suspects at a local establishment.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help of the public locating these suspects. They should be considered armed and dangerous. It appears the suspects are from out of the area and will most likely be looking for transportation out of the area. If the suspects are seen call 911 immediately and do not attempt to make contact with them.


From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

As stated in a previous media release there was an armed robbery that took place at the Humboldt House Inn located in a Garberville. The robbery occurred during an arranged marijuana sale. The suspects were described as:

  • Two heavy set African American adults, possibly last seen driving a Silver Dodge Stratus.

Today there was another armed robbery that occurred during an arranged marijuana sale. The victim chased the suspects and both vehicles were involved in an accident on Highway 101 between Redway and Garberville.

The suspects were last seen running westbound from the scene carrying two black duffel bags. The suspects were described as:
Two African American adults in their 30’s, 5’7” to 6’0” tall, 225 to 250 pounds, wearing all black. Both suspects were described as having a stocky build. The suspects left their wrecked silver Chevy Malibu on scene.

Through ongoing investigation two persons of interest have been caught on camera at a local establishment. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public in locating the two persons.

These two subjects should be considered armed and dangerous. They appear to be from out of the area and will most likely be looking for transportation. Please do not pick up any hitchhikers and call 911 if the subjects are seen.