Alleged Hammer Assault Suspect Arrested; Official Version


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 evening 4-29-2017 at around 7 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a phone call from a citizen stating he had been contacted by a female who told him that Robert Stepp was hiding inside her mother’s apartment at 725 Cedar Street in Garberville. The citizen called the H.C.S.O. back, stating he had just been to the apartment and saw Stepp inside with a hammer. Deputies from the H.C.S.O. and Officers from the C.H.P. responded to the apartment and set up a perimeter where they began a callout for Stepp. Stepp came outside and surrendered without incident. Stepp was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for attempted homicide.  


Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707)445-7251.

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  • CHP there ,wtf? They won’t show up when there’s an alarm going off at a business when a burglary is in process because it’s not in their job description,its the sheriffs job ,but they will show up to arrest a guy at a residence for an assault ??? WHAT BUSINESS DOES CHP HAVE AT THIS INCIDENT?

    • The HCSO often requests them as backups in dangerous situations.

      • humboldtstickman

        Nice try but your explanation doesnt explain why on earth they can’t show up for businesses getting burglarized,.. Ha!
        If you ask me which you don’t, they are out of their jurisdiction, they belong as the name indicates on the f#%@ing highway!

    • sharpen your pencil

      Ummm, hey asshat, their services were requested by the sheriff’s office….. That is all the business they need! No, they don’t show up to alarms that is the job of your local sheriff or police department, APD EPD FPD, GET IT? Or are you truely that oblivious to life?

      • When the burglary was in progress their assistance was asked for to , but they sat less then a mile away and refused to respond

    • California Highway Patrol is the name of California’s state police. They have a broad mandate that authorizes them to operate at will. And if course, CHP has mutual support agreements with locak and county law enforcement

      • Lefthanded Lunatics

        Thank God for the CHP, as they are the last line of Professional Law Enforcement in a largely lawless area! You will be happy to see them someday!

        Thanks guys! You do an awesome and VERY hard job, and I for one, appreciate it!

      • State Troopers

  • Is there any information on the hammer victim?

  • He still had the hammer ?
    He should-a chucked that in the Eel River.

    • Sleepy Alligator

      Or at least beat himself in the head with it.

    • Muddy Black Dodge

      Don’t throw anything in the Eel River! Lame idea so-called Bozo…

    • JustWantToHearTheEndoftheStory

      I don’t think there was a lot of planning involved in this incident. But yes, it’s best to discard the weapon after an attack. I’m glad the mother and daughter were not harmed.

  • The victim of the hammer assaulter, is stable & will hopefully recover soon.

  • >”Don’t throw anything in the Eel River! Lame idea so-called Bozo…”

    I make a joke… eh?

  • I hear the victim is a local product; Rip-off junkie, bully piece of shit. Let’s look at some of the boneheads that have been raised here. So I’ll call it a junkie on crack head type of crime. So if your junkie or crack head you might see it as a crime, not me, it’s karma. The rest of us are sick of having people like this around here, making this town look bad and out of control. We feel the heat. HCSO; let’s see how much contact they have had with this junkie before he got smashed in the head and what they did about it, then make a better plan. If we don’t make a better plan then people like “Mr Session” might see “violence” as entry point for their better plan.

  • The victim has been clean and sober for over 15 years

    • Your full of shit. Why lie for SoHum scum. He to get clean a few months ago came back and got on the junk again. Stop supporting these assholes. This guy lies, maybe your want this fake sober really to make you feel better than the rest of that can control our shit [edit].

  • Much — if not the greatest preponderance — of this sort of activity is simply the social/societal equivalent of a self – cleaning oven.

  • There’s two sides to every story and we haven’t heard either yet. At this point it’s just conjecture and speculation.

  • Glad I don’t live in that shithole anymore. Fuck sohum!

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