Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:


On March 11, 2018, at about 9 p.m., a correctional deputy working in the maximum-security unit of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility was assaulted by a male inmate during the inmate’s regular day-room allowance.

The inmate, 26-year-old Cameron Jared Johnson of Arcata, was occupying a common room in the unit when he attempted to stab the deputy in the neck/facial area with a sharpened pencil. The deputy was able to take control of the situation and detain Johnson until backup arrived. Johnson and the deputy sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Johnson has been charged with assault on a custodial officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a custodial officer and violation of probation.