So…Guess Who Got Arrested by the EPD? One Hint Before You Peek…He Was Released Just Last Week
Remember this fellow…? The one who was released on bail on the 18th? The one that the Eureka Police Department wrote a press release about—a press release asking residents to call law enforcement if they saw him “loitering and/or acting suspiciously in their neighborhoods?” Yep, that’s right, Mr. James Omholt.
According to scanner traffic late on Tuesday, May 26, at least two residents reported seeing a man in their backyards. One resident gave chase. EPD responded and helped look for the suspect. Eventually, he was captured. An officer then told the dispatcher that the suspect was Omholt. Apparently, he fell or had a scuffle and was injured. Over the scanner, an officer described the scene saying, “…I can’t tell if he’s hurt…He thinks his ankle’s broken.”
After carting Omholt back to be identified by homeowners, an officer told the dispatcher that Omholt was to be charged with disturbing the peace and burglary.
When reached later, Officer Stan Harkness of the EPD didn’t know Omholt’s medical condition. “He’s been taken to the hospital for medical clearance prior to being taken to jail,” Harkness said.
Out on the 18th, back inside on the 26th….
UPDATE 10:10 p.m.: Press release provided by the Eureka Police Department.
On 05/26/15 at about 9:12 p.m., Officers with the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to the 3500 block of G Street after a caller reported seeing a suspicious male in his neighbor’s backyard. The male jumped the fence and fled before officers arrived.
At about 9:31 p.m., an additional caller reported that a male jumped the fence into her backyard and her husband was chasing him. The caller reported that the male was last seen near Madrone and H Streets and possibly went into another backyard.
While officers were on foot checking the area, an officer heard people yelling in the area of F and Willow Streets. As the officer began to investigate the yelling, two males came crashing through a wooden gate. One of the males was quickly identified by officers as Jason Omholt, 36 of Eureka. The other male was the resident of the property. Omholt attempted to flee on foot but was quickly detained.
It was determined that the resident had encountered Omholt in his yard and the two began to scuffle as the resident tried to get Omholt out of his yard. During the scuffle the two males went through the fence.
Omholt matched the description provided by the callers and witnesses. Omholt was not wearing any shoes and complained of ankle pain. Omholt was transported to the hospital by ambulance for medical clearance prior to being transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
Omholt was charged with violation of parole, violation of probation, committing a crime while out on bail, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, prowling, resisting arrest, two counts of malicious mischief, and assault and battery.
The Eureka Police Department thanks the residents who looked out for their neighborhood by calling in the suspicious activity, however does not recommend engaging or chasing suspects.