[UPDATE 4:50 p.m.] Carjacking at Gunpoint on the Avenue
A woman from Minnesota was parked along the Avenue of the Giants near the Immortal Tree just before 8 a.m. when a bald white male adult “approached her and pulled her out of the car at gunpoint,” said Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. A white 4-door sedan is possibly associated with the suspect of the carjacking as it was seen in the area and might have dropped him off.
The stolen car was last seen headed southbound on the Avenue.
At 12:19 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department received a report that the vehicle had been located south of the dump on Dyerville Loop Road. Deputies are still on scene with the stolen vehicle and an investigation is underway.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Press release from the Sheriff’s Office:
On 07-24-17 at about 0755 hrs a woman from out of state was parked along the Avenue of the Giants near the Immortal Tree. She was approached by a bald White Male Adult who pulled her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The suspect was last seen driving her vehicle southbound on the Avenue of the Giants. The victim reported seeing a white 4 door sedan, possibly Toyota, leave the area as well. It is a possibility that the sedan transported the suspect to the scene.
Later that day at about 1219 hrs the Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from a resident who lives on Dyerville Loop Rd near the dump. The resident reported finding a strange vehicle abandoned in his driveway. Deputies responded to the area and found the abandoned vehicle was the reported stolen vehicle. The suspect was not located after a search of the area. Deputies are on scene still and additional information will be released at a later date.
The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information regarding this investigation call 445-7251.
UPDATE 4:5O p.m.: These audio recordings from the scanner give a description of two suspects and give more details of what occurred.
UPDATE Tuesday: Two Suspects Sought in Yesterday’s Carjacking