[UPDATE 2:44 p.m.] Shots Fired During Armed Robbery in McKinleyville
A man who pulled out a firearm and fired shots during a marijuana transaction with a group of people on 2200 block of Elizabeth Road in McKinleyville about 7:30 last night was arrested by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, according to Samantha Karges, their spokesperson.
She said, “During the transaction, the suspect removed a pistol from a bag and he attempted to rob them. He hit one of them with a gun and zip-tied another.”
The homeowner, however, managed to grab a gun, she explained.There was a brief standoff between the two. Twenty-three-year-old Ronald Hardy then grabbed one of the men in the home and attempted to use him as a shield, Karges explained.
“Then there was a physical altercation,” she said. The hostage was able to wrestle Hardy to the ground. The witnesses told law enforcement that the suspect fired two shots into the brush or treeline.
“One of the subjects was able to disarm him,” Karges said. Then Hardy fled on foot. The occupants called 911.
“When our deputies were en route, they saw Hardy and contacted him,” Karges said. “We had the suspect name already.” He was booked for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and brandishing a deadly weapon.
UPDATE 2:44 p.m.:
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:
On April 2, 2018, at about 7:30 p.m., Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 2200 block of Elizabeth Rd. in McKinleyville for the report of a subject brandishing a firearm.
When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a male subject matching the description of the suspect walking in the roadway near the residence. Deputies contacted and detained 23-year-old Ronald O’Keefe Hardy of Los Angeles.
According to witnesses on scene, Hardy arrived at the residence that evening to purchase marijuana. During the transaction, Hardy removed a handgun from his bag in an attempt to rob the subjects. Hardy then struck one victim with the firearm and began zip-tying the hands of the remaining victims. The owner of the residence was able to retrieve his firearm and confronted Hardy. Hardy then took one victim hostage. A physical altercation ensued as the hostage was able to break free from Hardy. Hardy fired his weapon twice into the tree line during the struggle, before the homeowner and hostage were able to disarm him. Hardy was in the process of fleeing the area when deputies made contact with him.
Hardy was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges: robbery, assault with a firearm on a person, false imprisonment, kidnapping and exhibiting a firearm. His bail is set at $100,000.