◼ TS - Sixth robbery in alleged spree leads to suspect ID
Eureka police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery today, and believe he may also have been involved in a spree of five other recent armed robberies.
Witnesses and police have identified the suspect as Ezra Williams, 25, seen in this photo from a prior arrest.
Williams allegedly entered the Sal's Off Broadway Sports Bar on Albee Street at about 2:30 a.m., and pointed a gun at a female employee, and tied her up in front of witnesses. The man did not attempt to disguise his identity, according to a press release.
Investigators consider Williams a suspect in other robberies, including at Bank of America and Madsen Realty Tuesday, according to the press release.
Williams is allegedly armed with a handgun, and is considered dangerous. According to police, he has stated in the past he will not go to jail and will “go out gangster style.
◼ TS Eureka Police Department continues search for suspect in six armed robberies
The sixth armed robbery in less than two weeks hit Eureka early Wednesday morning, but this time the robber did not disguise himself.
Witnesses and police have identified the suspect of Wednesday morning's robbery as Ezra Williams, 25, of Eureka. Williams allegedly entered Sal's Off Broadway Sports Bar on Albee Street at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, pointed a gun at a female employee, then tied her up in front of witnesses. The man did not attempt to disguise his identity, according to a Eureka Police Department press release.
Investigators now consider Williams a suspect in five other Eureka robberies, said EPD Detective Ron Harpham. It is unclear at this point if there is a connection to the Minor Theatre robbery in Arcata.
The string of armed robberies started last month with Radio Shack on Myrtle Avenue on March 25. Since then, Texaco on Broadway, Performance Fuel on Broadway, Madsen Realty and Bank of America have all been robbed at gunpoint. In some of the robberies, the suspect wore a bandana over his face, according to a press release.
Several factors have led police to suspect Williams committed the string of robberies -- the words the suspect used, his mannerisms, the way he held his handgun and other factors are similar in the six robberies, Harpham said. The suspect's body description has also been consistent as being about 5 foot, 5 inches tall with a slender build.
”For a white male, that's a pretty unique size,” Harpham said....
The Eureka Problem-Oriented Policing Unit arrested Williams in mid-March for allegedly possessing a half ounce of heroin packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia, according to a press release.
And, THANKS to a tip from the comments - why is this guy out on the streets? A little history...
◼ U.S. Marshal’s Office Arrests 16 Fugitives in Humboldt County
Eureka, CA – U.S. Marshal Federico Rocha of the Northern District of California announces the arrest of 16 individuals in Humboldt County during a Fugitive Task Force Operation conducted Monday.
The arrests include:
– Troy Welsch (Hoopa) for violation of parole and failure to register as a sex offender;
– Cedric Hostler (Hoopa) for violation of parole and failure to register as a sex offender;
– Amanda Chenault (Weitchpec) for attempted murder;
– Shana Gatlin (Hoopa) for violation of probation;
– Dana Hawkins (Arcata) for violation of parole and felon in possession of ammunition;
– Tracy Manion (Arcata) for grand theft
– Jason Owsley (Eureka) for violation of parole;
– John Hanley (Fortuna) for violation of parole;
– Terry Matlock (Fortuna) for violation of probation;
– Baekky Gee Khongsaengdao (Eureka) for violation of probation; and
– Erick Skillman (Eureka) for violation of probation
In addition, the Eureka POP (Problem Oriented Policing) Team, while assisting the task force, observed a traffic violation resulting in the arrests of Lee Adams and Ezra Williams, both of Eureka. They were arrested for state drug violations. Authorities seized approximately ½ ounce of black tar heroin packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle.
The Task Force continues to search for David Ramirez aka Luis Carrasco for passport fraud; Delores Sarmiento and Michael McBride Jr., for violation of probation; and Bradley Walker for violation of parole and violation of state sex offender requirements.
Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of these fugitives should call their local law enforcement agency or the U.S. Marshals Office at 707-442-4875.
The U. S. Marshals Northern California Fugitive Task Force is a cooperation of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that conduct fugitive investigations and operations to locate and arrest fugitives. Local agencies that participated in Monday’s operation are the Humboldt County Sheriff Department, Humboldt County Probation Department, Eureka Police Department, Fortuna Police Department, Rio Dell Police Department, Arcata Police Department, Trinidad Police Department, FBI, National Marine Fisheries and State Parole. humboldtonline
Note - no DA Investigators with AR-15s this time.
◼ Fugitive Sweep Results in 16 Arrests in Humboldt County http://www.usmarshals.gov.
◼ Humboldt Herald Thursday, March 18th