Shots Fired and Car Used as Battering Ram During Alderpoint Domestic Dispute, Alleges Sheriff’s Office

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:

201602075 BarnettOn Sunday, April 24, 2016, at about 3:45 a.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff’s received a report of a possible assault with a deadly weapon and shots fired. Deputies spoke with the 53 year old female victim at her residence. The victim stated she was told her ex-boyfriend, 51 year old Russell Gerald Barnett, and his girlfriend, 31 year old Kari Ann Vanderruit, were near the 5900 block of Rancho Sequoia Dr, Alderpoint.

The victim stated she decided to confront Barnett in regards to personal issues. The victim drove her vehicle and came upon Barnett and Vanderruit in Venderruit’s vehicle along the side of the road. The victim told deputies she followed Barnett and Vanderruit up Rancho Sequoia Dr. Vanderruit was driving the vehicle and turned the vehicle around and drove into the victim’s vehicle causing damage to the front of both vehicles. The victim told deputies she then got out of her vehicle and saw Barnett pull out a firearm and [shoot] at her several times. 201602075 Vanderruit_280x420_thumbThe suspects then drove off.

Deputies searched the area and located Barnett and Vanderruit at the Brass Rail Inn in Redway. Deputies were unable to locate the firearm reportedly used in this incident. Barnett was arrested for domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon and his bail has been set at $100,000. Vanderruit was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and her bail has been set at $50,000. Both were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for the above charges. The victim was not injured during this incident.

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.



  • Glad it wasn’t another notch in the ol murder mountain trilogy

  • “personal issues” on Murder Mountain = 20 pounds.

    • This is NOT a weed conflict. It’s a domestic problem. Just as the story says. However, it’s not an unreasonable assumption!!!

  • More people not doing the NRA any favors.

  • Girl looks familiar can’t place her ,but wasn’t she on humboldt most wanted kym oh her dad boyfriend looks like I’ve scene him in the blog paper too .poor girl look emasiated and hasn’t slept in a yr .being in jail is just what she needs.

    • I don’t recall seeing either of them before. But Barnett was arrested on Feb. 13 by the CHP.

    • Mogtx, are you a troll or just really bad at this? You clearly do not know how to use the English language; emaciation is the state of being abnormally weak or thin, and although this girl looks like she may have done drugs, she’s obviously not emaciated. Also, you missed the point of the story entirely. Please try to contribute something useful [edit]

    • She’s always selling stolen shit on Facebook.

      • Vanderruit is a heroin addict and a thief who just lost her 2 little girls to the state and gave birth to a drug addicted baby boy just about 5 months ago Thank goodness they took him away also. Now that is a true crime a crime against humanity.

  • Stupid is as stupid does!!

  • To the 53 year old female victim, I don’t know what the “personal issues” are but he’s not worth it. You can do better. Get away as far as you can. Next time he might not miss.

    • She was doing the opposite, she was following him, with plans to initiate confrontation. Emotional terrorism should be prosecutable.

  • “Emotional terrorism should be prosecutable…”
    That might work, but how about just a nice sized fine….say, 20lbs?

  • Wow Russell, what a shame. After everything ‘your ex’ did for you, stood by you during your own struggle, this is how you show your loyalty, gratitude and thankfulness? You and this girl deserve each other. And you should go live in some other neck o’ the woods. Hey ‘EX” don’t let this get the best of you. Good riddance and move on, you DEFINATELY deserve better!!!

  • Crazy person stalks ex. Ex feels threatened & defends self & passenger. Ex & passenger are arrested. Crazy stalker goes free.
    Either we’re missing a chunk of the story or I could use another pot of coffee.

  • First of all Rancho Sequoia aint Alderpoint. A little history. Once upon a time there was a plan to dam the Eel at Alderpoint. The dam was to be named the Yellowjacket. An enterprising fellow bought a section of land that was intended to be subdivided into 40 acre “lake view”parcels. Two things happened. The dam didn’t. And some dumb ass allowed the 40s to be chopped into 10 acre lots. Well there wasn’t enough water for the original 40s so the majority of the 10s have no water at all. A recipe for poaching and conflict. And almost nobody lived happily ever after.

  • Dave Kirby, that’s very interesting and explains a lot! Question Rancho is connected to Murder Mt. or not? I always thought Murder Mt. was closer to town.

  • I don’t know about “murder mountain” but Rancho Sequoia, though some of the parcels are fairly close to Alderpoint came into existence long after the town was established as a railroad/ sawmill hub. There is a lot of very nice land around Rancho and Alderpoint and its a shame the area has been portrayed the way it has. The road from Alderpoint to Blocksburg/Bridgeville is one of the most beautiful drives in Humboldt and is as historical as any in northern California.

  • Russell you’re being such a fuck up you would do well to stay off the mountain why antagonize the situaton

  • Rancho/murder mountain is half and half. It’s got more trash piles than most of our roads… There are some sketchy folk but also some real nice ones too.

  • If you don’t have anything nice to say .then don’t say nothing at all .
    If you don’t know him then keep his name out your mouth
    Thank you.
    His daughter Kimberly barnett

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