Man Sought for Attempted Homicide With a Hammer Near Garberville
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:
On Saturday morning 4-29-2017 at around 01:28 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a report of a male beating another male with a hammer at 725 Cedar Street in Garberville. The reporting party told dispatch the suspect was Robert Stepp Jr.
Officers from the California Highway Patrol were the first to arrive where Stepp fled into the wooded area. C.H.P.
Officers contacted the victim who was transported to Gerald Phelps Hospital in Garberville for extensive injuries to his head and arm from a blunt object. Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, he was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Several H.C.S.O. units responded to the scene to look for Stepp, and investigate the incident. Stepp was not located, and is currently being sought for attempted homicide.
Suspect: Robert William Stepp Jr.
Date of birth: 2-14-1971
African American male, 5’-10” 165 pounds, Brown hair, Brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding this case or Stepp’s location is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707)445-7251.