[Audio] APD seeing if arsonist meant to target sleeping man, church, or both; Humboldt’s last week of news


In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (9:13): After a man was allegedly lit on fire while sleeping on the steps of a church across from Wells Fargo in Arcata, the Arcata Police Department (APD) is trying to zero in on what exactly the suspect’s motives were.

“…There could be a lot of different motivations for someone doing this and it is important for us to be able to identify: Was this directed at the individual or is it more directed at the church,” APD Detective Sergeant Todd Dokweiler told KIEM reporter Braly Whisler. “That’s determined from talking to witnesses. Hopefully we can get a little more information from the victim in this case as well once he’s able.”

“…Right now the (APD) is focusing on reviewing the evidence collected from the scene and retrieving surveillance from the surrounding businesses,” said KIEM anchor Monica Petruzzelli. “They’re also in the process of gathering statements from all the witnesses who were at the scene…”

In the podcast further details are provided about the suspect, the victim, the church, potential leads, an investigation if a possible similar incident happened five days later in Eureka, and the community’s response.

APD said witnesses described the suspect as possibly hispanic with short brown hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt. Anyone with information about an arson incident is encouraged to contact law enforcement.

The story begins at 9:13.

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Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast platforms.

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