[UPDATE 11 a.m. WOW!] Home Invasion Near Loleta Last Night; Shot Fired

Stolen vehicle recovered 7/28/16

Home invaders abandoned a stolen vehicle still running on Grizzly Bluff Road this morning. [Photo by Leslie Bevans]

Around 4 a.m. this morning, three to four armed suspects wearing gloves and ski masks invaded a home in the 1700 block on Tompkins Hill Road, confirmed Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was then restrained with duct tape. One of the suspects allegedly fired one round at the restrained victim but missed. The victim reported they stole five pounds of dried marijuana, Hanson said. The suspects reportedly took off in the victim’s vehicle and it was discovered this morning still running on Grizzly Bluff Road.

UPDATE 11 a.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 07-28- 2016 at 4:10 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a home invasion robbery/attempted homicide that occurred in the 1600 block of Tompkins Hill Road, Loleta. When deputies arrived on scene they contacted two male victims, who relayed the following information to them.

The first male victim stated a white male adult, associated with silver, Ford pickup bearing Iowa plates had fired a rifle or shotgun towards him. The suspect vehicle then left the area travelling on Tompkins Hill Road towards Fortuna. The victim further stated he had contacted a
suspicious male, who was sitting in pickup parked on Tompkins Hill Road near his residence. When asked why he was in the area the suspect told the victim to mind his own business. The victim persisted at which time the suspect brandished a shotgun and fired it toward him. The victim was not struck by any bullets and immediately retreated to his residence to phone 9-1-1.

While Deputies were checking the neighborhood for witnesses and the possible suspect they contacted a second male victim, who lives in the 1700 block of Tompkins Hill Road. The victim reported that he had been robbed by 3-4 armed male suspects wearing gloves and ski masks. The suspects entered his home through an unlocked back door, brandished firearms and demanded marijuana, his phone, car keys, and any other valuables on scene.

The suspects then put the victim on the ground and restrained him using duct tape. While the suspects were interrogating the victim regarding valuables, one of the suspects fired a pistol at the ground directly next to his head. The victim was not struck by the bullet. The suspects then
fled after taking 5 pounds of marijuana the victim’s cell phone and the victim’s car.

Deputies received information through their investigation and located the victim’s vehicle unoccupied with the engine running in the 5000 block of Grizzly Bluff Road, Ferndale at 7:15 a.m. this morning. The area was checked by deputies and no suspects have been identified or apprehended, but the investigation is still underway.

Sheriff Office personnel are currently on scene processing the victim’s vehicle and residence for evidence.

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.



  • Looks like the black Mercedes with windows you can’t see in,that about ran folks over on myrtle ave.yesterday.people are going nuts.

  • You people growing weed better get better security and watch your backs! Oh and don’t sell or brag about your grow because someone will just come and take it from you, lay with dogs and you will get fleas my momma used to say….

  • Took 1500 dollars in weed and left 80000 dollar mercedes along roadside

    • We had a lady come into our store to get a $20.00 power adaptor. She stole the adaptor but forgot her $400.00 cell phone on the counter. It was well worth the price of the lost adaptor to see how she was going to squirm out of it.

      The next day her boyfriend came in and claimed that she got distracted, and had to leave suddenly. We toyed with him a while about what her “distraction” was. As it turned out she was trying to exchange a power adaptor …… that was also stolen.

      Retail has it’s fun times too.

    • @lone ranger – pretty sure that is victims car and obviously would make sense to ditch it since A) How many people own a black mercedes in humboldt / B) cops obviously be looking for it. However I do find it ironic the guy only had 5lbs but has an 80k car…Maybe he sold the rest already.

    • 5 pounds is worth more,here in kentucky it’s 70 a half ounce of so so weed and the good stuff is 50-75 an 1/8th

  • Nice car but I work for a living so l’ll never be able to afford one Probably a very nice house as well beautiful area .Why do I feel we’ll never get the whole story here just another part of the game.

  • it would be nice if all gangsters and other similar thugs all woke up lame one morning. I mean from the neck down. SERIOUSLY! THEN we would see who really cares about them living or dying. Sad but true.

    These bandits are turning/have turned Humboldt into the one of the highest-rated violent crime-laden communities for a long ways, in a long time! We are in need of some seriously bad-ass policing in this area. I am not sure that any law enforcement agency can rid us of these bastards! But we can HOPE!

    Read the article about the REAL murder rate by Mike Downey ->

  • Loleta is becoming a shit hole too .the trailer park ,is a drug infested slum.then there is lil mexico apartments .you can get any drug u want at eather places .

    • You are talking about west of Hwy 101 Loleta. This happened on the east side of 101, not drug infested and no lil mexico up here. Get a clue

  • I never thought I would entertain the thought of a ‘ hanging judge ‘ but maybe they had it right in those old westerns.

  • Who is the supervisor for the loleta area? Needs to step up and have a town hall meeting regarding the problems in Loleta. Things are way out of hand.

  • #cannabis

    • WTF else would they steal in Humboldt? Laughable how indignant the industrialists are. Call Estelle, I’m sure she’ll respond to your whining.

  • Eventually they will show up at the wrong home now that everyone knows their game.

    • I would think the ones who end up in the “wrong house” would not find themselves in the news but rather a piece of history . Just another missing person in Humboldt. I’m sure a large percentage of the missing people fall into the thief category .

  • veterans friend

    Isn’t there a black mercedes associated eith some rip offs in the Miranda area?

  • Poor poor me. What a line of BS. You’re a marijuana distributor, the community and druggies know it, and then you complain when robbed. How f-cking stupid are you losers??? Were they BLM’ers? Or the Asian gang from Eureka? It doesn’t really matter because you were breaking the law. DUH!!!! Evil begets evil.

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