The Eureka Police Department announced that it has arrested local resident Darin Ward for making “detailed and violent threats” directed at government staff and buildings in Eureka.
In a press release sent out late Wednesday afternoon, EPD says the threats were made yesterday while Ward was inside of a restaurant in Weaverville. In an email following up the release, EPD provided a bit more detail stating “Ward specifically threatened to shoot up the government building, its staff, and anyone around wearing a mask.”
Local TV news fans may recognize Ward. Earlier this month he was featured in a North Coast News segment highlighting his cross-country journey in a bus emblazoned with the phrase “TRUMP WON - Follow Me to D.C.” You can watch that below and read EPD’s full release farther down.
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Eureka Police Department press release:
On January 19, 2021, the Eureka Police Department was made aware of violent threats made towards a government building and its staff in Eureka. The threats were made earlier in the day by 49-year-old Eureka resident Darin Michael Ward, while he was at a restaurant in Weaverville, California.
The detailed and violent threats were initially reported to the Humboldt County Joint Information Center and then swiftly disseminated to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Eureka Police Department. Through an extensive joint investigation, which also included participation from the FBI and Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Ward was quickly identified and confirmed to be in Eureka.
Just after midnight on January 20th, officers with the Eureka Police Department contacted Ward on Marina Way and he was taken into custody without incident. Ward was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for criminal threats. He is being held on $25,000.00 bail. A search warrant was authored and served on his vehicles and residence. No weapons were located, but electronic device and other items of evidence were seized at the scene.
The Eureka Police Department would like to thank the allied agencies that assisted in this investigation. Without their help, this situation may not have come to such a peaceful resolution.