Suspects Free on Bail in Stabbing/Home Invasion Case
The two suspects in Tuesday’s stabbing on H Street in Eureka are free on bail. According to John Chiv (click link for more information), court watcher and guest writer for this website, the two were out yesterday after being booked. Charges have yet to be filed.
Brittany Powell, a spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department, stated that about 8:48 p.m. on the 9th, the victim called emergency services saying he had been stabbed. Officers located him on the porch. A blood trail led from rear of the residence, Powell said. This was why part of road was blocked there as officers cordoned off the area to look for information about the suspect.While this was going on though, Powell said, “Officers received a call from one of suspects saying that they had been stabbed.” The two suspects, brothers Ryan and John Long, were on their way to the hospital. At first the officers didn’t know that the two stabbing incidents were related but after investigation the two were linked. “Officers responded to hospital, interviewed the two brothers, and put the two stories together,” Powell explained. Evidence found at the scene corroborated the statements from the brothers and the victim.
Based on the investigation, Powell explained, it was revealed that one brother, Ryan, attempted to gain entry through the front door. Meanwhile, the other, John forced his way through the back door.”The victim heard and armed himself with a knife,” Powell said. “The victim and John met in the kitchen and a violent struggle ensued.” During the struggle, Ryan made entry through the rear and joined fight. “All three received stab wounds or cuts,” Powell said. Eventually, the two brothers left the residence and went to the hospital to get treatment for their wounds.
Powell said the three “were acquaintances from the marijuana trade but it is not believed that robbery was a motive or that anyone owed anyone anything.” While the brothers had out of state drivers licenses recently, “it looks like they have been here [in Humboldt County] for a few years,” Powell said.
All three were treated at the hospital. The brothers were eventually booked into jail.
At this point there is still no motive for the altercation.
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