[UPDATE] Arcata Police Not Releasing Photo of Suspect in Stabbing Death for Now
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said that his department is not releasing the photo of Kyle Christopher Zoellner who was arrested early Saturday for the stabbing death of David Josiah Lawson, a 19-year-old Humboldt State University student.
“At this time we are not releasing the photo,” said Chapman. “We are continuing our investigation. Part of that interview process is suspect identification and until after our interviews have been completed, we are not releasing a photo.”
Chapman said that his detective was worried that releasing the photo could taint witnesses’ memories. “There are still outstanding witnesses,” he said. “Sometimes photos can influence people’s perception.In this particular case, we are holding back most of [details that led to the homicide] until we can interview all relevant witness.”
Chapman said that on the night of the stabbing, “There were at least 50 or more people still on site at the time when the officers arrived.”
UPDATE: Sound File of the stabbing scanner traffic. The sound file starts with the first mention of the incident and continues for about 13 minutes (at that point Shockwave stopped working for me.) Nonetheless, the major points seem to be that within three minutes of the first call that we hear on the scanner, CPR had begun. [Note: CPR likely being done by the victim’s friend Elijah Chandler.] Considering drive distance that is phenomenal. Now, this scanner doesn’t follow APD as closely as it does the Sheriff so I can’t swear this was the first call but it sounds like it.