Man With a Knife Threatens a Clerk Over a Sandwich, 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:

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On Saturday, May 28, 2016, at about 2 p.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to Shop Smart in Redway for a report of a robbery that just occurred. Upon arrival, deputies met with the victim, (a store clerk), who told deputies a suspect attempted to walk out of the store with a sandwich. When the victim tried to stop him, the suspect brandished a pocket knife at the victim and walked out of the store. The victim described the suspect as a white male adult, wearing dark shorts, a dark jacket, and recognized him as a person he knew as “Jeremy.”

Deputies searched the area and located a subject matching Jeremy’s description. The subject was positively identified as 32 year old transient Jeremiah Gene Branscum. It was determined Branscum was responsible for the robbery, and had consumed the stolen sandwich.

Branscum was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for robbery, exhibiting a deadly weapon, and violation of probation. His bail was set at $50,000.

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.

 

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19 comments

  • Dyerville Loop is Not Alderpoint

    HE WAS HUNGRY,!!!!! IN THIS LAND, THIS LAND OF INCREDIBLE PROSPERITY, THE POOR FELLOW WANTED A FUCKING SANDWICH.LORD HAVE MERCY ,THE SHIT IS SOON TO HIT THE PROVERBIAL EL FANNO. HE HAD TO PULL A KNIFE?…. MAYBE HE SHOULDA GOT DOWN ON HIS KNEES AND BEGGED. HOW MANY OF US HAVE EVER GONE TO BED HUNGRY? MY FATHER DID….. I HAVE NEVER….BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES TO REMEMBER HIS STORIES. I DONT FEEL SORRY FOR THIS GUY, HE WAS JUST HUNGRY AND HAD SOME PRIDE LEFT. SOME BODY BUY HIM A CHEESE BURGER.

    • I appreciate your compassion toward a man who was seemingly just hungry. However, there are many resources available to assist somebody in his position. According to the information available, he didn’t ask for help. He walked in and stole a sandwich. There is no excuse to threaten violence upon an innocent victim (the store clerk) and there is nothing to indicate he was refused a sandwich and was then forced to rob, using a knife. My thoughts are with the clerk.

      • I agree, there is plenty of food for the hungry. Plenty of help for the needy. This guy is simply an irresponsible poor excuse for a human being. I usually sign my name, but this guy, if you follow his record, and I have, quite often breaks the windows of people who hassle him. I’m betting that when he gets out tomorrow he will be breaking the windows out in Shop Smart.

        This guy has a record of criminal behavior. He has stolen from people that have tried to help him, he has stolen cars, conned people all over northern California. If you want to have some fun, google his criminal record. You will be astonished. He is a case history in what is wrong with crime in America.

        Nothing will ever be done about him. If you see him tell him to get the hell out of town, we have more than had our turn in the barrel with him. He has to go!!!!

        Dyerville Loop is not Alderpoint… This guy is not your father. There is plenty of help for those that will accept it. I have nothing good to say about this most worthless human being. Please check his record, you will agree with me.

        • I know the guy personally. He is a waste of space and perfectly good oxygen on this planet. He does nothing but tweak his balls off and rob people I know from personal experiences with this person this is not his first and definitely wont be his last time he does something like this.

    • Hungry or not, He pulled a knife on someone over a sandwhich. I feel no sympathy towards him. And if he was really THAT hungry redway liquors gives away the pizza that gets burned (which is like most of it) I’ve personally seen homeless people be GIVEN whole pizzas on numerous occasions.

  • Or he could go out and get a job and afford his own sandwich and not steal from our local Store where in turn they have to raise the prices to accommodate every single thief in this area. You honestly think that he took the time to ask for a freebie or did he just take? Why don’t you go buy a bunch of food and handed out to the homeless and see how grateful they are ??? do you think if you left money on your front seat while handing out food to them you would come back and it would be there still?

  • Hungry or not, this is unacceptable. One of these days he is going to pull this kind of crap with an armed person and that will be his final stupid act. These people are a cancer to our towns. Freakin’ dirtbags. They don’t want a job, they don’t want help, they just want to get stoned, get free handouts and to steal what you and I work hard for. Then they wonder why people hate them. DUH! I would love to see these dirtbags get what they deserve – either put IN the ground or put on a chain gang doing WORK like they do in the deep south.

  • Transient typical crap .

  • amimissingsomething

    Dyerville Loop is not Alderpoint. There are plenty of places to get food for nothing more than walking in and asking for it. This County goes above and beyond making sure people have food and so do the people living in Southern Humboldt…… To make this guy who doesn’t look like he’s missed a meal in quite some time and turn it around and make it the clerks fault that he pulled a knife is BONKERS BUDDY. In a civilized society which I believe we have in Humboldt, you don’t pull a knife on anyone because you can’t pay for a sandwich. The guy is up in the HC jail and if you want to take him some food do it. Don’t you dare come on here and say pulling a knife on a woman is ok because someone is hungry. it’s not. Do you think for a second this man would have done the same thing if the clerk was a 6’4″ man. He robbed someone because of opportunity not hunger. You go buy him a cheeseburger once you dry your tears and can see to drive.

  • His bail is exactly the same as the two Mexican citizens busted for that trespass grow as reported here. That seems NOT RIGHT!

  • He looks young and able-bodied enough to have a job. So, go get a job and buy yourself a sandwich, dude! I don’t feel one bit sorry for him. He should not threaten people who are only doing their jobs.

  • Ya he was hungry,but that’s not the way.its a way to get free food in jail.he does appear like he could work.should have asked if he could sweep up or something.i would have given him a day job for food

  • not very smart, i would have snatched the sammy and headed to the back room area…or restroom

  • Fred for now,I don’t know this person.i was talking generally,but I’m a giver not a fool.then he gets what he deserves.i just don’t like seeing folks go with out food.ive been there and it’s not recommended you have a great night it’s gorgeous out

  • Dyerville Loop is Not Alderpoint

    My appologies to any and all offended. And thanks for posting all the possible help. Pulling a knife is wrong, stealing is wrong.This guy is obviously not the fellow in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Sounds like his time is coming on the road hes on. If any one of those lazy bums that beg around town got a broom and started to clean up, id by them a cheeseburger.. I dont feel sorry for him . I do feel sad for some of the things i see in these times were living in. The loss of balance.

  • I don’t think it says “free sandwich shop” out front. Even at a soup kitchen you just can’t walk out with stuff.

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