Eureka Man Arrested for Laytonville Stabbing Deaths

TalenTalen Barton, a Eureka resident,* was arrested this morning in Mendocino County on suspicion of murder of two individuals and the stabbing attack on two others that resulted in the victims being medevacked out of the area.

As reported earlier today, the former Laytonville youth was arrested after allegedly confessing to the incident. Below is the information entered into the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Log.


The former Willits Charter School student once received first place in the Mendocino County science fair which allowed him to enter the California State Fair.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m.: 
The Ukiah Daily Journal reports,

The suspect, Talen Clark Barton, who was previously in foster care, awoke at approximately 12:15 a.m., chose a 12-inch knife from the kitchen of the residence, and proceeded to enter the bedroom of a 17-year-old girl boy at the residence, stabbing her him, in what was described as a “very violent struggle,” according to Sheriff Tom Allman, who spoke at a press conference Sunday afternoon, calling the incident a “gruesome scene.”

Read the rest of the harrowing story here.
UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Sheriff Tom Allman calls the incident a “mass tragedy” in the following press conference.

*Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Barton as a Humboldt State University student.



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