Homicide Suspect in Fatal Stabbing Identified as Gang Member in Earlier Incident
A man, Ronald Joshua Loureiro, identified today by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office as the suspect in a fatal stabbing yesterday morning in Orick was identified in December by Arcata Police as “a validated gang member from Arcata.” He was arrested of December 16 for a parole warrant, as well as on charges of possession and transportation of a controlled substance. (See here for more.)
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:
Ronald Joshua Loureiro, 29, was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility yesterday afternoon (Jan. 4, 2018) on charges of homicide and a parole hold. Loureiro is the suspect of the homicide that occurred on Highway 101 near Drydens Rd. in Orick around 11 a.m. on Jan. 4.
The victim of this homicide has been identified as 34-year-old Vernon James Weatherford. Weatherford’s autopsy is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2018.
This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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