Mendocino Man Arrested in Arcata Stabbed Another Man Last May

Riley Kiesel at the time of his Mendocino arrest. (Photo from the AVA)

Arcata police arrested a Mendocino man yesterday.  According to the Anderson Valley Advertiser (AVA), the man, Riley Kiesel, apparently stabbed another last May.  The AVA stated,

RILEY KIESEL, 28, had been permanently 86′d from Dick’s Place in Mendocino, so when he showed up Monday morning at Dick’s a half hour before closing time, he was peacefully escorted off the premises by bartender Alexander Behounek, 32. Two hours later, about 3:20am, at the intersection of Little Lake and Lansing, Kiesel, apparently waiting for Behounek, to leave work, jumped in front of Behounek’s car. Behounek then made the nearly fatal error of getting out of his car to confront Kiesel, at which point Kiesel stabbed Behounek once in the stomach. Deputies were quickly on the scene and located Kiesel nearby. Kiesel readily admitted to stabbing Behounek who was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in apparently serious condition….

Kiesel, though, was out and about as of last night.  Below is the Arcata Police Dept. press release of their encounter with the man.

Arcata Police Dept. Press Release:

During the late evening hours of 2/12/2013, Arcata Police officers on foot patrol in the downtown area detained a male subject, later identified as Riley Gordon Kiesel, age 29, of Mendocino, CA. Kiesel was detained on the suspicion of possession and use of a controlled substance.


During the course of their investigation, Kiesel fled from the officers through a downtown alley. He was captured after a brief foot pursuit and arrested for resisting arrest. In a search pursuant to his arrest, Kiesel was found to be in possession of a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson hand gun.


Kiesel was arrested and booked at the Humboldt County Jail without further incident and the following charges have been submitted to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office:

  • Carrying a concealed firearm upon a person

  • Carrying a loaded firearm in public

  • Resisting arrest

  • Violation of terms of probation/not to possess firearm

  • Possession of firearm by subject of a restraining order

  • Violation of probation



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