Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

On February 8, 2020, at about 4:50 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the Humboldt Republican Headquarters at the 300 block of 5 th Street for the report of a male breaking out windows. A witness reported the male fled on a bicycle north towards the bay.


Officers located the male, later identified as Michael Valls (43 of Eureka), riding his bike near the foot of D Street. Valls attempted to flee from officers but was ultimately taken into custody after a brief struggle. Valls was found to be in possession of evidentiary items linking him to the vandalism on 5th Street.

Based on video surveillance, it appears Valls damaged a door, multiple windows, and poured an unknown substance on office equipment before fleeing on his bike. Valls was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for burglary, felony vandalism, attempted arson, resisting arrest, and providing a false name.