[UPDATE 3:04 p.m.] 67-Year-Old Was Victim of Stabbing Near Rio Dell
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on this morning’s stabbing near Rio Dell. According to Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, “We received a call for the report of a stabbing that occurred in the middle of the Eagle Prairie Bridge between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Karges said that a 67-year-old male Rio Dell resident was going for a walk and as he returned over the bridge, he encountered a man riding a bicycle.
“He told the man ‘you can’t ride your bike on the bridge,” Karges explained. “The male became hostile towards him. As the victim tried to keep walking, the male subject assaulted him with the bike and struck him in the head.”
The victim and the suspect became involved in a physical altercation, Karges said. “The suspect stabbed the victim…The weapon is unknown.”
Karges said, “The victim was able to get away. He was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital.”
The man had a stab wound in his left abdomen, according to Karges. He was conscious and talking and able to walk when medical arrived on scene.
“The male suspect is Caucasian,” Karges said. “He is 5’8″ with a thin build and wearing a beanie.” She said that the suspect was last seen riding towards Scotia on a dark colored, newer model mountain bike.
“We are asking residents of Scotia to be on the lookout for him,” Karges explained.
Scotia School was not put on lockdown as a result of this incident.
Earlier Chapter: Elderly Male Reported Stabbed in the Abdomen
UPDATE 3:04 p.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing that took place on a bridge this morning.
On May 16, 2018, between 10:30 and 11 a.m., a 67-year-old male resident of Rio Dell was going for a walk on the Eagle Prairie Bridge, which connects the City of Rio Dell and the Town of Scotia. While halfway across the bridge, the victim observed a male suspect riding a bicycle nearby. The victim stopped to tell the man that all bicycle riders must walk their bike when crossing the bridge. The suspect became hostile with the victim. As the victim turned away to continue his walk, the suspect assaulted him with the bicycle and then struck him in the head.
The two men got into a physical altercation, at which point, the suspect then stabbed the victim in the left abdomen with an unknown object. The victim was able to leave the scene and call for help. He was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s condition is unknown at this time, but he is expected to survive this incident.
Rio Dell and Scotia residents are asked to keep a look out for the suspect, described as a Caucasian male adult in his 20’s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, thin build, wearing a beanie. The suspect was last seen riding a dark colored, newer model mountain bike towards the Town of Scotia.
Anyone who sees this suspect should not confront him, but call 9-1-1 immediately. Anyone with information about 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.