Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Feb. 2, 2022, at about 10 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies served an arrest warrant at a Hoopa residence on a man wanted in relation to the fentanyl-caused death of a Weitchpec woman.


When deputies arrived at the residence, the man, 30-year-old James Charles Williamson II, was seen fleeing into a wooded area. Deputies pursued Williamson and took him into custody shortly after.

Williamson was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on fresh charges of resisting a peace officer (PC 148(a)(1)), in addition to warrant charges of voluntary manslaughter (PC 192(a)), criminal threats (PC 422), assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm (PC 245(a)(1)), vandalism (PC 594(b)(2)(A)), assault (PC 240), battery (PC 242), false imprisonment (PC 236) and violation of probation.

Anyone with information about 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.