[UPDATE 4:30 p.m.] Resident Wakes With Knife at Neck in Salmon Creek Home Invasion
A resident of Rossi Road in the Salmon Creek area of Southern Humboldt woke about 5:30 a.m. with a knife at his neck and two men shining flashlights in his eyes, according to Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The 31-year-old victim of a home invasion told deputies that the two subjects kept asking where his money was. As they tied him to the bed, they punched him in the head. They gagged him with a pair of boxer briefs. Afterwards they searched the house, took his wallet and his keys, and drove off in his Dodge truck.
The victim said that he was able to remove the rope fairly easily off his wrists as the invaders didn’t tie it that tight. He called 911 and by 6:52 a.m. the California Highway Patrol were at his home. Because the flashlights were in his eyes, the victim was unable to describe them other than to say they smelled of fuel and wore dark clothing and gloves.
The stolen truck was later located not far from the property. It had been used to ram the locked gate on the driveway of the property. After discovering a rope tied to the victim’s truck, deputies suspect that the thieves used the truck to tow their own vehicle–possibly from where it had gone off the road. “The guys must have walked onto the property I assume,” said Lt. Hanson.
Several items were also taken from the truck including DVD’s and a distinctive $900 black and blue Marmot sleeping bag. If anyone has any information about this crime, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: A member of the neighborhood watch encourages locals to take pictures of parked vehicles–preferably including license plates as well as descriptions. Then if something like this happens again, the recent photos can be used to determine suspects.
Earlier Chapter: Home Invasion in Salmon Creek