[UPDATE 12:51 p.m.] Bloody Scene at the Budget Motel; Possible Fight Involving Hatchet, Says EPD
According to Captain Watson of the Eureka Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Budget Motel in Eureka for a report of an assault involving a hatchet and some other type of weapon before 5:30 p.m. today.
When officers arrived, the people who were involved had already fled the scene. A weapon was located by officers, and streaks blood are dried onto a black Nissan.
Watson said officers are at the hospital with an injured person trying to figure out what happened. The incident is currently under investigation, and part of the parking lot has been blocked off.
Watson said that the motel has had significant problems, and dispatchers have received 194 calls to service for the motel in the past year.
UPDATE 9:20 a.m. Wednesday: According to Brittany Powell of the Eureka Police Department, “The victim is not cooperating with the investigation. He is receiving treatment for non-life-threatening lacerations. It appears the hatchet found on scene had been in the victim’s possession.”
A press release with more information will come out later, she said.
UPDATE 12:51 p.m. Wednesday: Press release from the Eureka PD:
On August 30, 2016, at about 5:15 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the Budget Motel on the 1100 block of 4th Street for the report of three subjects in a physical altercation and one known injury.
Upon arrival, all involved parties had fled the scene. Officers located a hatchet and blood on the ground and on a parked vehicle. A witness stated the victim had been transported to the hospital by a family member.
Officers responded to the hospital and made contact with the victim, an 18 year old male of Eureka. The male was being treated for non-life-threatening lacerations and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Statements provided to officers provided little information about what occurred. The primary suspect was only described as a heavy seat Hispanic male with long hair and was last seen riding a beach cruiser bicycle east on 4th Street. Based on the investigation, it appears the hatchet found on scene had been in the victim’s possession during the altercation.
The Budget Motel has been a chronic source of crime and nuisance complaints with nearly 200 calls for service in the past 12 months.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Senior Detective John Gordon at (707) 441-4032.