Thursday, December 04, 2008

Crime is down?

Update: ☛ TS Cutten man shot in his home dies
A 27-year-old man who was shot several times inside his Cutten home by an unknown assailant Wednesday night, died from his wounds at a Eureka hospital hours after the incident.

Investigators continue to seek the gunman, who reportedly forced his way into the home of Garrett Ryan Benson on the 5800 block of Walnut Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reported....

...According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Brenda Godsey, upon entering the residence, investigators found “a large amount of marijuana.” However, Godsey declined to say whether the marijuana was being cultivated, or how much was found.

”We're so early in the investigation that we're not necessarily connecting (the marijuana) as a motive,” she said.
According to Godsey, Sheriff's Office detectives are working with members of the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Department of Justice crime lab in the investigation.

Those investigators remained at the scene, collecting evidence throughout the day Thursday....

☛ TS breaking news Man shot dead in home invasion
A home invasion in Cutten Wednesday night left a 27-year-old man dead and a suspect on the run.

Sheriff Deputies responded to reports of gunshots in the 5800 block of Walnut Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, and found the victim with a gunshot wound, according to a department press release. Emergency medical personnel were immediately called and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m., according to the release.

The investigation later revealed that the victim and his girlfriend had been in their residence when they heard a knock on the door around 9 p.m. According to the release, an unknown white male in his 20s, wearing a black sweatshirt and black stocking cap, entered the residence armed with a handgun.

When the suspect attempted to restrain the 27-year-old male, a struggle ensued, eventually resulting in several shots being fired, at least one of which struck the victim. The suspect then fled on foot, according to the release.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending further investigation and the notification of his next of kin.

The suspect is described as a white male adult in his early to mid 20s, who stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build. He is said to be armed with a small silver or gray handgun, according to the release.

Sheriff's Office investigators and evidence technicians, along with members of the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Department of Justice Crime Lab, spent Wednesday night processing the crime scene.

Anyone with information regarding this home invasion homicide is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at 445-7251 and ask for Detective Franco or Sergeant Hanson.

Second home invasion/robbery shooting - this time the homeowner was killed. Last time the homeowner fired the shots. ...Details emerge... BooBoo still at large...


  1. When I was on D street about a week ago, the police were cruising the streets looking for 3 males on skateboards who attempted to breakin on an elderly lady during broad daylight. That shook me up a little.

  2. Ripoffs or home invasion robberies happen frequently in Humboldt County. Most go unreported and those that do get "under reported" by the media. When someone gets shot or killed it's a media event for a day or so but then ........ Of course unless the pooolice do the shooting.

    Is it because no one wants to bring to light the darker side of the local marijuana industry???? Has the county become that numb to the violence associated with marijuana? Is the DA going to prosecute the dope grower that shot the guy in McKinleyville? Not for shooting the guy but for growing marijuana.

  3. pretty much, its a whole different world up here in humboldt.

    Many people come here thinking that "they give out free pot on the street in humboldt." Although, most still have some decency about keeping it under raps. People don't talk about it blatantly. They may smoke it conspicuously at a concert, or a parking lot but NEVER just out in the open. (unless they aren't from around here, of course it happens...)
    Many people don't associate with a lot of people if they are MJ growers and dealers due to the fact that robbery and tragic events could occur.


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