Violent Assault Saturday May Have Been Locals Attacking a Transient, Says Sheriff’s Office
An assault Saturday near Redway may have been part of simmering tensions between local residents and the homeless, according to Sgt. Jesse Taylor of Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. About 7:37 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office were notified that there had been a violent assault in a homeless camp near West Coast Road in Redway.
The victim told Sheriff’s deputies that two men had approached him telling him to put out his fire. He told them he had been informed that he was on public property and, according to Taylor, “declined.” The two men informed the victim that they “patrol” the area and, according to the victim, the two men threatened him. One pulled out a machete and the other a revolver.
According to Taylor, the victim said he pulled out his small pocket knife but realizing that he was “outgunned,” he had “rushed the guy with the machete.” During the scuffle the victim and the man with the machete hit the ground. A round was fired from the revolver but the victim was unsure whether it was fired into the air or elsewhere. The victim fled after receiving lacerations to his head.
The Sheriff’s Department is now locking for the two suspects. According to Taylor, the man with the machete was in his mid-twenties, 6 foot, and approximately 180 pounds with short, brown hair and a full beard. The man with the revolver was in his early to mid twenties, 5’6″ to 5′ 8″ weighing approximately 170 to 180 pounds with short blond hair but no beard or mustache. The revolver was described as being large and black with a four to six inch barrel.