Armed Robber Steals Birthday Woman’s Purse in Front of Eureka Inn
An armed robber pointed his gun at a woman and her four friends celebrating her birthday early Sunday morning, according to Jessica Moore, a local resident. The group of women had just left the Old Town area and were headed back to their rooms at the Eureka Inn. “We were giggling and laughing,” Moore said. “I felt very relaxed… We walked out of the Pearl. We thought we would walk back to our room.”
The women weren’t worried because Moore explained, “There were two police cars parked by the Gazebo…They could see us all the way up to our inn.”
Moore said that the group of friends have known each other for awhile and often get together. “We’re all local girls, a couple business owners,” Moore’s voice warmed as she described her friends.
According to Moore, the women had almost gotten back to where they were staying. “We were literally walking on the sidewalk in front of the inn,” she explained, when a man accosted them.
“He had something over half of his face like a mask or a bandanna,” Moore said. “Something covering up over his nose…He said, ‘Give me your purse.”” And he pointed a firearm at her. Moore described it as a black semi-automatic handgun. She said, “It reminded me of a Glock.”
Moore said she was holding her “tangerine leather Coach” handbag. She says at that point she doesn’t really remember what happened. “I just kind of went limp and he took it and ran.” The man jumped into a car which sped off.
Her cousin, who was a member of the birthday crowd managed to snap an out-of-focus image which law enforcement now has. The getaway vehicle, Moore said, “was a four-door sedan–light, light blue or a grey. A Toyota Corolla or a Camry–like a mid-sized sedan.”
Moore said the robber was a thin, white man. According to Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department, on the night the robbery occurred, the women described the man as about 5’9″. Moore said, “I would put him in his twenties somewhere. I believe he had on a dark sweatshirt.”
Eureka Police Officers “were right the heck there” after the women’s call to 911, according to Moore. These were the same officers that had been parked at the Gazebo. “They told us they watched us walk out,” she said.
Moore said the her card was used to purchase gas almost immediately after the robbery. She is hoping that officers will be able to use surveillance video to find out more about the robber and the getaway car.
The handbag contained money, some valuables, and credit card as well as ID. “I had probably $300 in cash and my taser ironically enough,” she said wryly.
Moore describes herself as a bit of a mother hen. “I’m always thinking something like that is going to happen,” she said. “This [robbery] is just not going to help. I want people to know what is happening. I think I know what is going on in the area and I was shocked.”
Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department asked if anyone has any information about this incident to please call them at (707) 441-4060.