Security Guard at Safeway in McKinleyville Sent to Hospital After Alleged Assault by a Homeless Man
An alleged assault by a homeless man sent an elderly security guard in McKinleyville to the hospital. According to Corporal Josh Comer of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, Scott Crane, had been asked to leave the property around the Safeway multiple times.
He stated, “The security guard, the victim in this, had been dealing with this subject throughout the day.”
Comer said that when the security officer again asked the suspect, Scott Crane, to leave. Crane “punched the victim one time in the face,” according to Corp. Comer. “The victim regained his balance and the suspect struck him again.”
According to someone who came on scene a few minutes later and spoke to us on condition of anonymity, a 17-year-old boy was walking by with his girlfriend, saw the assault, and decided to help. She said, “[He] put the suspect in a headlock and took him to the ground.”
The victim was taken to the Mad River Hospital. There he was examined by doctors. “He had a cut on his lip,” Corporal Comer said.
The suspect was released at the scene. According to Comer, the alleged assault is still being investigated and the suspect “was released at the scene because it was due to the victim not being on the scene to pursue charges against him for the assault.”
The victim, however, has now been contacted and wants to pursue charges. Comer said, “A warrant will be issued.” Crane has been arrested a number of times previously.