Fortuna Police Capture McKinleyville Stabbing Suspect

Earlier today the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office released information on a possible suspect in a stabbing which occurred just after Midnight this morning.  That press release is below. But, the suspect, Michael Shawn Smith – age 40, was captured by the Fortuna Police Department about 4:00 PM. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that they, “responded to the scene and arrested Smith for attempted murder and domestic violence.”

Below is the earlier 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:

Michael SmithDuring the early morning hours on 06/10/2016 Deputies responded to a reported domestic violence incident and stabbing in McKinleyville. Deputies learned that a male neighbor attempted to intervene in a domestic dispute. The neighbor was assaulted by the male subject involved in the domestic dispute. The neighbor was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mad River Hospital. No other parties were injured during the incident.

The suspect was described as a white male adult who is about 40 years old – about 6 feet tall, 190 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. The suspect told others that his name was Michael S Smith. Deputies have been unable to positively identify the suspect at this time. A picture of the suspect was provided to Deputies by an involved party.

The suspect is possibly driving a silver 2001 Toyota Corolla – CA license plate # 5JLE393. The vehicle is further described as having minor damage to the right front fender / headlight, and as having oxidized paint on its roof. The vehicle was recently purchased by the suspect and it not yet registered to him.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

An investigation is ongoing and the suspect is being sought for charges of attempted murder and domestic violence.

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.
Mike Downey

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