Fire Station Window Shattered by Traffic Cone; Man Arrested
This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 10-2-18 at 8:51 p.m. multiple Eureka Police officers responded to the front door of Humboldt Bay Fire Station 1 located at 533 C Street for a report that a male subject had just shattered the front window to the building and was threatening to harm himself.
Upon officer arrival, the male was located sitting on the ground near the front door of the station. He was extremely upset. The male refused to comply with officer commands and appeared to have an unknown object in his hand that he was holding to his wrist.
After a few moments of negotiations, officers were able to approach the male and he was detained in handcuffs and placed under arrest for vandalism.
The male was identified as Ronald Wayne Key, 50 of Eureka, had thrown an orange traffic cone through one of the large plate glass windows. Battalion Chief Emmons estimated the cost of the damage at $1,000.
Key was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for 594(b)(1) PC and 1203.2 PC. Key was not injured in the incident.
Key has been arrested multiple times by Eureka Police for vandalism. The most recent incident occurred on 9-20-18 when he vandalized a parked county owned vehicle in the 700 block of Wood Street.