Suspect Flees Officers in Fortuna

This is a press release from the Fortuna Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Robert M ZabelFortuna Police Officers apprehended a suspect who fled a traffic stop in the Campton Heights area this morning.

On August 7, 2018 around 11:30am, Fortuna Police officer made traffic stop on a vehicle after observing the driver run a stop sign at School and Rohnerville Road, in the Campton Heights area.

After the vehicle stopped, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle for further investigation.

The driver then sped off at a high rate of speed into a residential neighborhood, stopped abruptly, and took off running away from the officer; jumping over fences and into neighboring back yards.

The suspect continued to run around the neighborhood jumping into backyards, and over fences while being seen throwing items away.  He led officers on a nearly 30 minute foot chase around the area.

With the assistance of observant neighbors in the neighborhood, the suspect was located and taken into custody.

Robert M Zabel, 24, of Joliet Illinois was arrested and booked into Humboldt County Jail for the following offenses:

  • Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Evading a Police Officer
  • Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
  • Possession of Concentrated Cannabis for sales


  • for sales,,,how much was he running and jumping over fences with????

  • Illinois!?! Lol. Probley thought he was going away for 25 years! Little did he know he’s in ol dumboldt county. Site and release .Lmao

  • Wonder why this sweetheart was visiting our friendly city..
    Couldn’t it be medicinal?
    I hope all these people eventually leave, back to the Midwest and the east coast when the grow scam is up..
    East of the Rockies? That’s a foreign country to me. I can’t hardly get east of the Central Valley let alone the Sierra Nevada!
    Deport these drugged up whippersnappers back to the brick cities they come from!


  • it was all caught on video:

  • If you have ever heard any of the fortuna city councilman talk, they sound like they are from 1950 when it comes to cannabis. It’s funny and sad at the same time. No cannabis delivery??

    • Not everyone treasures living in a cloud of marijuana. At 3 am this morning, I was awakened by what I first thought was a skunk letting loose right under my open window. Turned out it was my neighbor from over 200 ft away. I hate it when the wind is from that direction. Of course a couple of hours later she is on the road driving into town.

      Gee, what’s not to like about 2018… I know, I know, you don’t mind the stink at all and everything is always all about you.

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