Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Dec. 18, 2018, at about 5:45 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an area of Highway 36 east of Carlotta for the report of an injured male on the side of the road.

Upon arrival on scene, deputies learned that the 36-year-old male subject had reportedly been the victim of a robbery and an assault.

According to the victim, he and two suspects had arranged to facilitate a cannabis transaction with an unknown subject. The three loaded the victim’s approximately 12 pounds of unprocessed cannabis into the suspects’ vehicle and drove to the intersection of Church Lane and Highway 36. While parked at the intersection, one of the suspects reportedly struck the victim with a metal object, causing the victim to fall out of the vehicle. The victim sustained multiple injuries as the vehicle fled the scene.

The victim was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

This incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.