Arcata Police Department press release: 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 5:20 a.m., the Arcata Police Department responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in the 600 block of G Street.  A male suspect had broken down the front door of the occupied home, forcing all occupants to flee. The suspect was behaving erratically, was breaking windows, and barricaded himself in an empty bedroom after responding officers made entry into the home.

With assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office crisis negotiators and Eureka Police Department mental health clinician, we were able to bring the incident to a peaceful resolution at 11:12 a.m., when the suspect surrendered to APD officers inside the home.

38-year-old San Jose resident Blair Anderson Wortham was booked and lodged at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following felony charges:

  • PC 459-Burglary
  • PC 422-Criminal Threats
  • PC 594-Vandalism

The Arcata Police Department extends their appreciation to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Eureka Police Department and Cal Poly Humboldt Police for their assistance with this incident.