Hey, We Found the Suspect But We’re Not Ready to Tell You His Name…

On August 17, an arson fire was allegedly set to cover up a burglary at two businesses in Willow Creek. (See here for earlier story.)The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department released a photo of a possible suspect on the 24th and asked the community for their assistance in identifying him.

Tonight, we received the following press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

20150818_145933On 08-24-2015, the Sheriff Office requested the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in this case.

The Sheriff’s Office has since identified the person of interest, and would like to thank the public for its assistance in this matter.

This case is still under investigation.

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




  • I think we need to be careful of the distinction between the terms “person of interest” and “suspect”. I think people do not become “suspects” until they are charged, and “persons of interest” can be just people the cops need to question to try to put a case together. So it’s good they’re not giving his name, but letting us know we don’t need to try to hook them up with him anymore.

  • The cops have known who didn’t it from day one. There just scared to go up to hoopa and get him.
    harassing hippies and picking flowers is more their cup of tea. The real criminals can wait til the summers over.

  • Funny, the headline reminds me of Pelosi saying “if you want to know what’s in obamacare you have to vote for it first.”

  • If he is in Hoopa he must be just a visitor because I can assure you he isn’t from Hoopa

    • Word on the street is he was raised in Hoopa. Supposedly, he relocated at a young age (to New Jersey and So Cal). His family is still there and he visits them time to time. Goes by Phillip. Again all the local rumors floating around… Not stating as fact.

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