[UPDATE 6:37 p.m.] Sheriff’s Office Warns Travelers and Residents Along Hwy 36 of Two Hispanic Men That Are Possibly Armed and Dangerous
“Be very very careful out there,” warns Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. At least two Hispanic males fled from an armed robbery and law enforcement around noon today. Their vehicle was stopped by a construction crew while they were being chased by their alleged victim along Hwy 36 about mile marker 38 and four other suspects were detained by a construction crew until law enforcement could arrive. But at least two men fled.
One of the suspects is possibly armed, Fridley said.
“They don’t know the area,” he said. “They’re from down south.” He is worried that they will “pop back on the road” as they don’t have any knowledge of the countryside. “I don’t want anyone picking them up,” he said. “If you see someone suspicious at your house, call 911.”
According to Fridley and other sources, it is believed the suspects stole marijuana and fled after an altercation with the grower in which at least one of the suspects was shot in the ankle receiving minor injuries.The suspects then fled in an SUV pulling a trailer with the stolen marijuana, and after attempting to crash through a construction site, they were stopped by the construction crews. Four, including the wounded man, were detained until law enforcement could arrive. But at least one and possibly two other Hispanic males fled on foot. They may have been armed.
Just as we were getting ready to publish, we heard on the scanner that it is possible that two were seen on Burr Valley Road at approximately 4:25 p.m. One subject had a backpack and one without, according to a report that dispatch relayed to officers. Officers are responding reportedly one man has a shaved head and shorts and the other has long hair and long pants. However, these may not be the two sought.
Here’s another description of the two that came over the scanner:
Earlier Chapter: Fleeing Armed Robbers Stopped by Construction Crew on Hwy 36