Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 10, 2022, at about 11:47 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1700 block of Sigma Road in McKinleyville for the report of a burglary.

An adult female victim told dispatchers that she had arrived home to find a family member, 39-year-old David Michael Petersen, had forced entry into her residence without permission. Petersen reportedly threatened the victim with a machete. The victim was able to flee to safety and contact law enforcement. The victim did not sustain physical injury as a result of this incident.

Deputies arrived at the residence, located Petersen and took him into custody without incident.

Petersen was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm (PC 245(a)(1)), burglary (PC 459/461(a)) and criminal threats (PC 422).

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.