[UPDATE 6:38 p.m.] Fleeing Armed Robbers Stopped by Construction Crew on Hwy 36
Law enforcement is speeding with lights and sirens on towards the construction closure on Hwy 36 about mile marker 38 after the crew there stopped armed robbers from fleeing with stolen goods. The suspects, at least five Hispanic males possibly six, have fled on foot and at least one is believed to be armed.
According, to a witness, six Hispanic males were fleeing in a stolen dark gray SUV towing a black trailer filled with marijuana. They were being chased by the victim of the armed robbery when they came to the Hwy 36 closure at the Narrows about 11:55 a.m.
The witness said, “They hauled ass past the line [of traffic]. They about ran the flagger over. [A construction worker] pulled across the road and [the suspects] about hit the vehicle. They went up on the hillside to get past [the worker’s truck.] They put a tire on the bank to get past.”
Then the person tells us that the crew surrounded the suspects with three large earthmoving trucks.
“All three haul trucks have them blocked in,” the witness believes though he hasn’t yet seen that. “The guy chasing them said that they had guns.”
According to Officer Cy May of the California Highway Patrol, “Five male subjects ran from the area. We’ve requested assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.”
According to scanner traffic, four suspects have been detained. Two suspects have run into the woods.
You can listen to the scanner traffic below.
One of the suspects is believed to have been shot and medical is requested to stage out of the area until it is cleared. The victim of the armed robbery has reportedly left without speaking to law enforcement.
We’ll update as soon as possible.
NOTE: This is breaking news and we are getting differing accounts. We will attempt to resolve the differing number of suspects as soon as possible.
UPDATE 1:16 p.m.: A gunshot victim is mile marker 39. Medical is on scene with him.
UPDATE 1:32 p.m.: “All units, cancelling code 33,” said dispatch over the scanner. That means that immediate danger is now past and normal scanner traffic can resume.
UPDATE 1:37 p.m.: The wounded suspect has been cleared from transport.
UPDATE 1:42 p.m.: Law enforcement has issued a BOLO for a silver Toyota Tacoma with a camper shell headed westbound on Hwy 36. It is involved in the incident, according to scanner traffic. If you have any information, please call the California Highway Patrol at (707) 822-5981.
UPDATE 2:18 p.m.: A photo sent to us by a reader shows the SUV with the trailer that the suspects were driving.