False Report of Woman Shot Leads to Arrest, Says Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Office

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

imageservletshermanOn 08-25-2015, at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a residence located in the 900 block of Mountain View Drive, Benbow. It was reported that a person had suffered a gunshot wound and an ambulance was requested.

Upon arrival, a Sheriff’s Sergeant spoke to Jacob Sherman (age 45) who reported that a female acquaintance was shot and needed medical attention. Sherman stated the victim was located inside the residence and that several shots had been fired. During a search of the residence it was apparent there was no crime scene or gunshot victim. Witnesses confirmed this and stated Sherman is likely under the influence of methamphetamine and he is making a false report.

Sherman was interviewed and showed several signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. It was also discovered that Sherman has been served with a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) which prevents him from being on the Mountain View property. This DVRO was granted by the Humboldt County Superior Court due to a previous incident where Sherman assaulted family members and vandalized property in February, 2015 (HCSO case #201500842).

Sherman was placed under arrest for violation of the DVRO and public intoxication. Sherman was searched incident to arrest and was found to be in possession of approximately one gram of suspected methamphetamine. Sherman was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. Due to Sherman being in direct violation of his probation terms, Sherman will be held on a probation hold and is not eligible for bail at this time.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539

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  • I wish they would have made clear whether they found the woman unharmed or just found no one at all. I mean, I suppose that she’s one of the “witnesses” but…


    That’s a very sharp tool, reporting yourself for breach of a restraining order! Awesome!
    Odds are we’ll see him in here again.

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