[UPDATE] Woman Tries to Take Truck Containing Baby, Says Eureka Mother; Assailant Appears to Have Pled Guilty to Two Prior Attempted Kidnapping Charges
Yesterday, about 10:30 a.m., a Eureka woman says she was assaulted on V Street by another woman that tried to take her truck while her baby was inside it. LaRisa Replogle posted a video on Facebook recounting a harrowing experience. She wrote that her alleged assailant was “walking on the other side of the street [and] saw me put my baby in the truck…[The woman then] ran across the street…threw her dog in the back seat with my baby and said she was taking my truck. I told her to get out of my truck and that’s when she jumped through…kicked me in the stomach and kept attacking me.”
Below Replogle holds her child while giving her account of the incident:
At 10:29 a.m. yesterday, a woman named Rebecca Ware was arrested for assault by EPD Officer Linfoot. We reached out to Eureka Police in an attempt to confirm that she is Replogle’s alleged assailant, but because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday were not able to get confirmation or a photo. She is, however, the only woman arrested by EPD around the time of the incident.
In 2014, a woman with the same name was arrested by Chico Police for attempting to kidnap two children in strollers on the same day. We have not been able to confirm that this is the same person but, Replogle viewed the one photo we were able to locate of that Rebecca Ware who was 44 years old at the time and said that “definitely could be her. She looks younger and a little more healthy in this picture.”
According to a Chico Police press release about the earlier incident, on September 22, 2014,
Ware had attempted to forcibly take a child from a female in the 300 block of Broadway Street and a second child in the 300 Block of Flume Street. Both children were in child strollers during the incidents. The first parent managed to pull the stroller away from Ware and then got into a physical confrontation with Ware. The second parent was assisted by an alert citizen, who physically took Ware to the ground.
The woman in the incidents in Chico pled no contest to charges of felony attempted kidnapping. According to an article in the Chicoer,
As part of the plea agreement, Ware will not be sentenced to state prison when she is sentenced April 2. If Judge Michael Deems honored the agreement, Ware would be referred to the Public Guardian for placement in a facility for treatment, according to attorney Philip Heithecker. Heithecker represented Ware with attorney Robert Radcliffe.
The prosecution also agreed to dismiss three misdemeanor Butte County Superior Court cases that included counts of being under the influence of drugs and battery on an elder.
Ware’s parents, Tom and Pat LeBlanc, were present Thursday and were allowed to address their daughter.
“We support you and love you and advise you to pay attention to all the details that your attorneys advise you on,” Pat LeBlanc said.
“Have I done the right thing?” Ware asked.
“You will,” Pat LeBlanc said.
Outside of court, Pat LeBlanc, said their daughter has suffered from mental illness for 25 years. She said the incident was horrible and Ware faces huge consequences.
Pat LeBlanc said they felt it was necessary for Ware to be placed in an appropriate facility to address her mental health issues.
We want to caution that while the evidence is compelling that Rebecca Ware is the woman involved in Replogle’s alleged horrific experience, we have not been able to confirm this with Eureka Police.
As soon as we are able to speak further with EPD, we will update the article.
UPDATE: Rebecca Ware was further booked on Carjacking. Photo below provided by Eureka Police.