[UPDATE 9/22 p.m.] Assailant Leaves Bloody Trail But Escapes, Says Scotia Resident

HCSOA bloody trail left by a wounded assailant last Friday failed to lead officers to a suspected home invader, said Humboldt County Sheriff’s spokesperson Selena Zorrila-Mendoza. About 7 p.m. that evening, a resident of the North Court area of Scotia called 911 reporting that a scuffle with a man brandishing a gun had resulted in injuries to both of them. The assailant, the resident said, had fled leaving a bloody trail after being wounded by the resident with a knife. The resident had a small injury on the head that did not require medical attention.

Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office attempted to follow the trail but were unable to locate anyone,” said spokesperson Selena Zorrila-Mendoza. Hospitals in the area were contacted but no one with appropriate injuries was located.

The case has been assigned to the detective bureau for further investigation.

UPDATE 9/22 p.m.:

On Friday, September 18, 2015 at approximately 6:45 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male victim, age 64, bleeding and his attacker has fled. The victim stated he was at his residence on North Court, Scotia, when he received a knock at his front door and there stood an unknown male subject. The male suspect forced his way into the victim’s residence and brandished a firearm at the victim stating he would shoot him. A struggle ensued and the victim stated he was able to obtain a knife he had nearby and stabbed the suspect. The victim stated another male suspect entered the residence and took the first suspect out of the residence. The suspects fled toward the rear of the victim’s house. The victim received a small injury but declined medical attention.

The first suspect is described by the victim as a white, male, adult, approximately 30 years old, 5’8”, with a scrawny build, and having dark hair. The second suspect is described as a white male adult with light colored hair.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding 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.



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