Three Arrested in Connection with Imprisoning and Threatening Man
On October 9th at about 5:45 PM, officers with the Fortuna Police Department responded to the 2200 block of West School Street in Fortuna after receiving a report that a male subject had entered a residence and told the resident that he was being chased by several subjects who were in possession of a firearm.
Officers arrived and learned that the 24 year old male victim had arranged to meet with friends at an apartment located in the 2600 block of School Street. Once he entered the apartment, the occupants allegedly tied him up and threatened the victim with weapons including a pistol, sawed-off shotgun, and a taser while accusing the victim of stealing drugs from the female resident. Eventually, the victim was able to flee the residence and run to the 2200 block of School Street where law enforcement was contacted by the resident.
With the information received during the course of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the apartment located in the 2600 block of School Street.
Just after midnight on October 10th, officers with Fortuna, Ferndale and Rio Dell Police Departments executed the search warrant. During the search, officers located evidence from the earlier incident and arrested Tara Marie Groswird, age 25 of Fortuna and Ivan Martinez-Chavarin, age 21 of Madera. The third suspect was identified as a 17 year old male of Fortuna who was later arrested by the Eureka Police Department.
Groswird was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:• PC 422 – Criminal Threats
Martinez-Chavarin was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges:
• PC 236 – False Imprisonment• PC 417 – Exhibiting a deadly weapon
• PC 33210 – Possession of Sawed-off Shotgun• PC 23900 – Possession of a firearm with altered serial number
The 17 year old male was booked into Humboldt County Juvenile Hall on the following charges:
• PC 182(a)(1) – Conspiracy to commit a crime• PC 236 – False Imprisonment
• PC 422 – Criminal Threats• 244.5(b) – Assault with a stun gun or less lethal weapon