Armed Robbery, High Speed Chase, but Suspect Escapes
On Sunday, July 31, 2016 at about 00:10 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Shell gas station at 1606 Central Ave. in Mckinleyville for a robbery just occurred. A suspect wearing a black hoodie, mask and carrying a black backpack entered the Shell, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money and property. The suspect entered a dark colored Chevy Blazer and fled in the direction of Blue Lake. The vehicle was located heading Eastbound on Hwy. 299 near Blue Lake and a pursuit was initiated when the vehicle failed to yield. The pursuit continued over 299 to Hwy. 96. CHP joined the pursuit and later terminated their involvement near Hoopa. The vehicle was located by deputies in Hoopa a short time later, where two female occupants were detained for investigation prior to being released. The suspect fled on foot into a heavily wooded area and was not located.
Suspect is described as a White, Hispanic or Native American male adult, approx. 30 years old, 5’09”-6’00” tall with a thin build and dark hair.
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.