Man’s Startling Intrusion Frightens Salmon Creek Resident
About 3 a.m on Saturday, Salmon Creek resident Patrick Keller heard someone or something slamming into the front of his home. “I hear banging on the door like with a shoulder, he explained. “It was slow and loud.” Keller was worried. Two men had invaded the home of an elderly woman in his neighborhood two months earlier, tied her up and ransacked her residence.
He could see a man through one of his windows. “He was totally trying to get in my house through the locked door,” Keller said.
Keller looked to see that his three-year-old who had fallen asleep on the couch was still safe. The thudding stopped and Keller could see a man walking off his front porch. He ran to put on his pants. Then looked out the window.
“I noticed that the car door was open,” he said. “I started calling for my dog.” The man came back out of the car.
According to Keller, “That’s when he approached me with his right hand behind his back saying, “Help me…Please just help me.”
Keller said the man looked odd. He explained, “Seemed like he was on drugs. His eyes were as big as saucers.”
Worried the man had a weapon concealed in his right hand, Keller told the man to leave or he would get his gun. He then closed his door.
The intruder ran around to the back of the Tahoe that he had previously been in. “The goat must have startled him and he fell,” Keller said. “He climbed the gate and then he ran away.” Keller said the gate had been closed and locked and the man must have climbed it to get into his yard. “There were neighborhood watch and no trespassing signs,” Keller said, “[and] barbed wire at the top.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrived about 45 minutes after his call, Keller said. He lives in a rural area about 30 minutes from Garberville.
“When the sheriffs pulled up, [the man] started yelling,” Keller said. “He told them that [people in a neighboring home] were keeping some girl named Angelica captive and they were hunting him.”
According to Lt. Ken Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, deputies went to the neighbor’s home, discovered several intoxicated people, including a woman with a warrant for her arrest. However, Swithenbank said, no one was being held against their will at the home.
The man, Christopher Gould, and the woman with the warrant were both arrested. Gould was arrested for public intoxication.
According to Keller, “[Gould] opened the ashtray, the center console, and the glove box [on the Tahoe] but there wasn’t really anything for him to take.” But, said Keller, “Around 10:45 [in the morning,] I found a knife beside the vehicle. It was like a pocket knife…It was open not closed.”
A deputy returned and bagged for the knife for evidence.