[UPDATE 11:08 a.m.] Blocksburg ‘Armed Robbers’ Say They Were Unpaid Trimmers
According to Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were quickly able to identify and stop the suspects’ vehicle. “We just happened to have two deputies in the area, livestock deputies,” he said. “They detained the people at gunpoint.” However, he said, the man and the woman detained had a different story. They said they had been hired as trimmers and they were not paid,” Hanson explained. “They said the victim gave them marijuana in lieu of cash.”
“Unmanicured and recently cut marijuana…not dried….” and an unloaded handgun were found in the back of the vehicle, Hanson stated.
The deputies attempted to recontact the victim, Hanson said. “Then the victim went dark and wouldn’t talk to us.”
With no victim and the suspects having a differing story than what was reported initially the two were released. “Because we have such conflicting stories, we took the marijuana and cited them–[They were] arrested and released on scene….,” Hanson said.
Hanson explained that having the weapon and the marijuana together was not illegal. “[It’s] not against the law to have an unloaded gun. We took [it] for safekeeping. To get it back, [the owner would] have to go through a Department of Justice background check.”
UPDATE 11:08 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 08-04-2016 at 4:40 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a citizen, who lived in the 8900 block of Homestead Road, Blocksburg. The citizen reported that he was robbed at gunpoint by a female and male subject on his property. The citizen reported the two suspects took approximately 30 pounds of marijuana from him. The citizen said the suspects drove away from his property in a dodge pickup and he provided a partial license plate number. The citizen reported to law enforcement that he does grow marijuana on his property.
A short time later Two Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on routine patrol located the possible suspect vehicle near the Alderpoint Bridge, Alderpoint. The deputies detained a female and male, who were in the vehicle. The two subjects told the deputies they were hired as marijuana trimmers by the citizen who lives on Homestead Road. The two subjects said they had not been paid and they agreed to be paid by marijuana in lieu of cash. The two subjects denied robbing the male victim on Homestead Road.
The Sheriff’s Office tried numerous times to contact the victim but he would not return their phone calls. The Sheriff’s Office confiscated the marijuana the two subjects had with them. Both subjects were issued a citation to appear in Superior Court for possession and transportation of marijuana and released on scene. Deputies located an unloaded firearm in the vehicle, which was seized for safe keeping. At this time this case has been suspended because the victim is refusing to contact law enforcement for a detailed statement of the incident.
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.