Armed and Suspicious Men Driving Around Southern Humboldt, Claim Locals
About quarter to two yesterday afternoon, Galen Doherty drove past a little used gate towards the back of Whitethorn Construction after finishing some errands. He saw the white truck pictured above with its rear end close to the gate. At first he didn’t realize what was happening but he thought it looked suspicious, so he parked and started walking towards the truck. One man who had apparently tied a rope to the gate, cut the rope. “There was one white male…He ran back and jumped in the truck” on the passenger side.”
Doherty began “beating on the window.” The windows were tinted but when he got close, he could see inside. He told us, “[I] could see the driver was a Hispanic individual.” The vehicle sped off but Doherty was able to take a couple pictures of the fleeing vehicle.
His cousin Jesse McKee posted about the incident and shared the above photo. “Any information as to who might be driving this truck would be appreciated very much! There were two guys, one probably 6 foot tall blonde scruffy hair and beard, the other a tall Hispanic,” he wrote. The story spread on social media.
A local resident who wishes to remain anonymous tells us that he encountered the vehicle around 5:30 p.m. and recognized it from McKee’s post. “I’m really good with vehicles,” he explained. “I was on Briceland Thorn Road a little before the Whitethorn dump. They were going the opposite way.”
The anonymous resident said he turned around and began following the vehicle. The driver, he said, “wouldn’t pull over. I took photos [See photo below] and then started tailgating. They were driving super slow.” At one point, he said, the passenger “pulled the gun out and pointed it at me.” The resident backed off and called 911.
If you recognize the vehicle or see it driving around, please consider contacting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.