◼ Charging delay almost leads to release
A Eureka man arrested last week for allegedly holding a woman captive and assaulting her came close to being released from jail Wednesday due to a delay in the filing of charges.
Instead, the Eureka Police Department booked 22-year-old Nicholas TJ Liston on suspicion of an additional charge of kidnapping Tuesday night, giving the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office another 48-hour time period to arraign him, said Brenda Godsey, spokeswoman for the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.
”It's a way of resetting the clock,” Godsey said.
Due to the holiday weekend, the District Attorney's Office had until Tuesday to charge Liston. But because EPD's report had not yet been delivered, said District Attorney Paul Gallegos, the charges were not filed.
While “there was some representation that it was delivered earlier,” Gallegos said his office received the EPD's report Wednesday.
According to the Eureka Police Department, Liston allegedly held a woman captive for two days starting Sept. 1. He allegedly tied her up -- at times blindfolding and gagging her -- then physically and sexually assaulted her.