Parolee Flees Traffic Stop in Stolen Vehicle, Says Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

This is a 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:

.John Forrest Mastel, Jr.On Monday, December 5, 2016 at approximately 5:10 p.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff observed a black Ford pickup truck stopped at the intersection of Simpson Rd and Lincoln Ave in Fairhaven.  The deputy request a records check on the vehicle, which returned stolen out of Eureka.  Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle…failed to yield.  A pursuit ensued and was shortly terminated after the vehicle began driving recklessly and ran a stop sign at Hwy 255 and New Navy Base Rd without stopping.

Deputies continued to search the Manila area for the stolen vehicle.  A short time later, the driver of the vehicle was located on Peninsula Drive and was identified as 42-year-old parolee John Forrest Mastel, Jr.  Mastel was found to be in possession of brass knuckles, and various small tools commonly used to commit burglaries.

The stolen vehicle was located hidden in some nearby brush, and was later returned to the registered owner.

 Mastel was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for theft of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of burglary tools, carrying a dirk or dagger, possession of metal knuckles, violation of parole, and evading a peace officer with wanton disregard of safety.  His bail was set at $50,000.

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.



  • What an idiot. I hope he isn’t a commenter. I will be censored.

    • Dude, this is a private site. I reserve the right to refuse space to comment to people who refuse to follow a few basic rules.

      One of the basic conditions I ask of folks using this site is to not call other commenters names. You have continued to do it frequently. I’ve asked you to stop. I’ve edited your comments so the insults were removed and now I’m done.

      I’ve often enjoyed your comments even when we don’t agree. But I’ve got teenagers in my own home, I don’t need to fight silly battles with dudes who deliberately break the few simple rules this site has over and over. I’d rather write news. I’ve banned you.

  • John is 42 and he still doesn’t have a clue. I sometimes wonder if we have some people here that are related to some of the families that moved west during the dust bowl years of the late 1930’s.
    Definitely towards the bottom of the gene pool. Some were known for their low moral caliber and were engaged in inbreeding.

    Maybe it is true that a persons eyes are the windows to their soul!

    • You are right. We do have folks that are related to some of the families that moved west because of the dust bowl commenting here—why some of them even write here. My mother actually was part of this migration.

      • In honor of your mother:

        “Dorothea Lange’s 1936 photograph of a worried migrant mother is the single most iconic image of the Great Depression, and one of the most famous pictures of all time, yet for decades after it was taken, almost nothing was known about its subject…..”

        • Beautiful image. My mom was about 5 or 6 when they came through California. I don’t remember I’ll have to ask. Then she came back to live in Arcata as a teenager, married my dad and stayed in the area becoming a beloved school secretary.

  • E.Q. UPDATE: Shak’in like a bowl fulla of jelly in Carlotta. 6:51 A.M

  • A bit wasted, I’d say. People are so messed up here, it’s sad and crazy!

  • The older I get, the less tolerant I become. 50k bail? No, lock his ass up and put him to work. Thieves, endangering the lives of others should not be allowed in society.

  • “Well, blow me down. Uck, Uck, Uck.”

  • I doubt his family moved west during the dust bowl…He’s Chinese!

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