The Handcuffed Suspect Who Fled Last Week Was Captured

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In less than six months….The first photo was taken in late May. The one on the right was taken yesterday…

Last week Michael Otis Springs was handcuffed after being detained for burglarizing the Trinidad Water Treatment Plant. He managed to flee while in handcuffs. Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested him near Orick and they recovered the handcuffs…(See press release below.)

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:

201505305 SpringsOn Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at about 10:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a transient camp in Orick for the arrest of Michael Otis Springs. Springs was arrested without incident and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. He was booked for PC459 – Burglary, PC836.6(b) – Escape/attempt escape after arrest, PC496(a) – Buy/receive stolen property less than $950, PC488 – Petty Theft, PC148(a)(1) – Otherwise resist public officer, and PC148.9(a) – False Identification to peace officer.
Springs’ bail has been set at $25,000. The handcuffs he originally escaped in were recovered.

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.



  • The side by side comparison photos are a very telling and real life picture of the plague that both meth and heroin have wrought on our home. It is with the deepest sincerity that I implore our local elected officials to take note of this young man. What was once a vibrant youth full of endless possibilities has turned into yet another casualty committing serious crimes to feed a habit. Unless the cycle of addiction is broken, this young man will turn, as many do, into hardened habitual criminals. Solid drug treatment and education polices are needed now more than ever so that we may not only educate and protect our youth but also treat the ones under the grip of addiction.

    • Thank you for telling it like it is we are in a state of emergency this is so important because they are the people that we depend on to take care of us when we can’t . Taking care of them it’s like taking care of ourselves We need to help them to help ourselves .

  • The best way to treat addiction for many who are continuous offenders is called jail where they can’t get their usual dope supply. There should be state treatment centers that are in-custody and they shouldn’t be released until clean for at least a year. Other systems will fail.

    • Unfortunately we have tried unsuccessfully to imprison our way out of the drug problems we face. This has led to nothing more than prison over crowding and the revolving door policy you see today. Our prison and jail systems are filled to capacity with low level drug offenders. In this particular case the crimes which Michael Otis is being charged with are serious felonies and deserve jail time. But what drove this young man to commit such crimes? In my opinion (and that’s all it is as I don’t know him) it appears to me it’s drugs. So yes in this case I believe that using prison recourses to help this kid get clean while he is serving his time would be a particularly good use of his time behind bars. BUT due to the fact that our system is overcrowded with low level users, dealers and addicts the funding for such programs is being decimated.

      • The problem is as I understand it the prisons are saturated with drugs . So I understand and agree but our system has failed .

    • We’ve tried criminalizing addicts for over a hundred years now. It hasn’t worked. All it has done has been to create the highest prison population per capita in the world. Once out of prison there’s nothing to prevent an addict from going back to his or her old patterns, they can’t get a living wage job or be accepted back into mainstream society. Addiction is a disease, not a crime. We can either continue to spend billions on a criminal justice system that simply warehouses human beings or we can spend money on treatment and integrating people back into productive society, but to do that we’re going to have to change our mindset on drugs and addiction.

    • That works perfectly …..until they hit the street…..

  • Ha-ha like there is no dope in jail….

  • All of the jails are full of dopes, it is true. There should be really long sentences for those smuggling dope in.

  • Can’t wait to see his future pictures. We’ll have a new faces of meth.

  • “The handcuffs were recovered” — I have a hard time believing that the handcuffs are still in working condition.

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