[UPDATE 1:02 p.m.] SoHum’s New Most Wanted Poster Yields Results, One Captured
The new Southern Humboldt Most Wanted poster hadn’t even been out an hour before law enforcement received a tip that one of the featured suspects was seen going into a motel in downtown Garberville. According to a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, deputies began a surveillance.
About a half hour later, said the spokesperson, the suspect John Schaafsma exited the motel into the parking lot. Officers attempted to stop him but he fled. However, with assistance of community members, he was cornered.
A reader provided these images of the capture.
The spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office was encouraged by the quick response. “Hopefully, we can get some more calls and keep this thing rolling,” he said.
UPDATE 1:02 p.m.:
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:
On 10-16-2015, at approximately 10:58 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip for one of the fugitive listed on the “Southern Humboldt’s Most Wanted Poster”. The introduction of the poster was published about an hour prior to the tipsters call. The information received was that John Dustin Schaafsma (age 37), was just seen entering the Johnston Motel, 829 Redwood Drive, Garberville. Schaafsma has four outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Personnel assigned to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Garberville Station immediately responded to initiate surveillance on the motel. At approximately 11:12 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies located Schaafsma exit the motel on foot. Deputies attempted to contact Schaafsma who then fled on foot S/B on Redwood Drive. During the pursuit of Schaafsma, several community members attempted to assist the Deputies and helped corner Schaafsma near the Rays Food Place parking lot. Schaafsma realized that he was unable to escape and he was taken into custody without further incident.
During a search of Schaafsma person, Deputies located approximately 1.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. Schaafsma was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on his warrants and fresh charges of possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Due to Schaafsma’s current probation status, he is ineligible for bail at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office is pleased to see the immediate success and community involvement in regards to the most wanted poster. However, the Sheriff’s Office cautions the public when it comes to assisting Deputy Sheriff’s during incidents like this one.
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 Sheriff’s Office Garberville Station at 707-923-2761.