Arrest in Garberville Home Invasion Robbery
UPDATE: the Times Standard has a photo of the suspect.
In what appears to be a wonderfully speedy response, a suspect has been arrested in a home invasion robbery that occurred this morning at approximately 4 a.m.
At that time the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a home invasion robbery in progress with the suspects possibly still in the residence. According to the first press release, the home was
…on Oakcrest Drive, Garberville. Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded tothe residence. When the deputies arrived they found the front door of the residence forced open. They located the three victims, a husband, wife and infant inside the residence. The husband had received a grazing gunshot wound to the top of his head. Deputies spoke with husband and wife who told them they were awakened by a loud noise on the first floor of their two story home. The husband went downstairs to find out what made the noise. Once downstairs he was confronted by a masked man pointing a handgun at his face and demanding money. While the husband was getting money, a second masked suspect appeared and went to the upstairs master bedroom and ordered the wife at gunpoint to the floor. The second suspect then stole the wife’s wedding ring. After the first gunman was given cash by the husband, he then shot the husband in the head. The bullet grazed the top of the husband’s scalp. The gunman then demanded more money from the husband stating it was not enough. The husband was able to find additional
money which he gave to the suspect who had shot him. Both suspects then fled the scene.
The male victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance personnel for treatment. Both suspects are described as Hispanic males, wearing all black clothing, black facemasks, approximately six feet tall. The victims did not see a vehicle associated with the suspects.
Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.
A second press release was sent out a little before 3:30.
On Monday, November 28, 2011 at about 1148 hours, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hussain Munassar Obad (04-04-1987) for the early morning home-invasion robbery of a Benbow area residence. Obad was taken into custody without incident in the parking lot of the Garberville Motel. Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office began interviewing witnesses early this morning that led to the possible location of Obad.
Obad was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following violations:
Home-invasion robbery, attempted homicide and burglary. Additional charges may be sought as the investigation continues.
Obad is a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. Obad told investigators he was born in the Country of Yemen, immigrated to the United States at the age of 4 and is now a United States Citizen.
At the time of this release, the investigation continues. Evidence technicians are processing the Benbow residence, vehicle(s) and other locations in the Garberville area in an attempt to gain further evidence of this crime. As the prior news release mentioned, there were additional suspects. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified two additional male suspects associated with this investigation. Both of those suspects are juveniles and their names are being withheld from this release.