Charmaine Lawson. Photo: Andrew Goff.


Public Service Announcement with Charmaine Lawson and APD Chief Brian Ahearn

Press release from the Arcata Police Department:

Charmaine Lawson and Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn teamed up to tape a public service announcement to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying witnesses who were present at a house party the morning of April 15, 2017 when Charmaine’s Son, David Josiah Lawson, was stabbed and killed. The 30 second PSA can be shared with the public on any media platform.

Josiah Lawson was attending a house party at 1120 Spear Avenue in Arcata. At approximately 3:00 AM Josiah was stabbed. During the murder investigation several witnesses came forward and were interviewed. Based on the on-going investigation it is believed that there are other witnesses who were present at the house party at approximately the time Josiah was stabbed who have not yet been interviewed. Those who were present but have not yet been interviewed may have information, unbeknownst to them, that could assist in the overall investigation.

The Arcata Police Department is asking that those who were present at the house party when the murder of David Josiah Lawson occurred and those who have information regarding the stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson be interviewed by investigators from the APD. Please call the Arcata Police Department at (707) 825-2590 if you or someone you know has information.

(A recording of the PSA will be sent in a separate email. Contact Brian Ahearn at if you do not receive the PSA recording via email immediately upon receiving the Press Release.)