[UPDATED With Photo] Alleged Fence-Jumping Parolee Arrested for Burglary
The following is a press release from the Arcata Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 6/05/2015 at about 6:30pm, officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of 9th Street on the report of a burglary in progress.
The resident of the home had returned and walked into their upstairs bedroom where they located a male subject in the act of taking their property. The suspect closed the door on the resident and proceeded to escape the home from a second story window.
The resident followed the fleeing suspect as officers arrived on scene and a perimeter was established around the neighborhood. He then ran into a nearby trailer park where he tried to enter a trailer and was repelled by the resident.
After jumping several fences, the suspect entered the unlocked rear door of another residence and confronted an elderly couple inside. As the elderly female resident tried to run out the front door and call for police, the suspect grabbed her and attempted to pull her back inside the house. Unsuccessful, the suspect then fled from the residence.
The suspect continued to run from police even while being placed at both gun and Taser point on several occasions. He was ultimately captured trying to crawl into a culvert of Jolly Giant Creek in the 900 block of 7th Street. Based upon his consistent disregard of officer’s orders and the immediate threat he posed to residents in the neighborhood, a Taser was effectively deployed and the suspect was taken into custody.
The suspect was identified as Russell James Holt (age 43) of Eureka.
Holt is currently on parole with the California Department of Corrections for PC 459 -Burglary.
After being medically cleared at Mad River Community Hospital, Holt was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for PC 459 – Burglary, PC 368(f) – False Imprisonment of an Elder, PC 148(a)(1) – Resist, Obstruct or delay the Duties of an Officer and PC 602 – Trespassing.
The Arcata Police Department would like to again offer our thanks to the citizens of Arcata whose assistance was instrumental in the capture of Holt and their efforts continue to make our city a safe place to live.