[UPDATE 8:56 p.m.] EPD Detains Three After Alleged Assault With Bat on Boardwalk

Man detained by EPD

Eureka Police officers have one man handcuffed. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

About 4:50 p.m., multiple Eureka Police officers responded to the Boardwalk at the foot of C Street for the report of a man assaulting a woman with a bat.

Chief Andrew Mills tweeted, “@Eureka_Police responded to violent assault on Boardwalk. 3 [Subjects In Custody] weapons taken off two… .”

Another view of the same man being detained. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

Multiple officers at the scene of the incident. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

UPDATE 8:56 p.m.:

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 05/09/17, at about 4:45 PM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to the vicinity of the C Street Market Square (1st/C Streets, Eureka) on the report of a fight with weapons after a caller reported a male subject was swinging a bat at a female.

The first officer arrived on scene a short time later and saw the male angrily brandishing what appeared to be a large club-like object at an adult female who also appeared agitated. The officer ordered the male, Brian Bickerstaff.Brian Christopher Bickerstaff (age 41, transient), to drop the weapon and get on the ground.
Bickerstaff reluctantly complied but pointed toward a nearby heavily tattooed, adult male who he claimed was in possession of a handgun.

The officer ordered the second male to lie face down on the ground. The male complied. Meanwhile, the female with whom Bickerstaff had been in an altercation, continued yelling threats and profanities at him further escalating the volatile situation. Jade EarlThe female, later identified as Jade Felecia Earl (age 32, transient), ignored repeated directions from the officer to stop and stay away from Bickerstaff.

As other officers arrived to assist, Bickerstaff and the second male were detained in handcuffs. When another officer told the still very agitated Earl to move further
away from Bickerstaff and have a seat on a nearby bench, she again refused to comply.

The officer then attempted to detain Earl in handcuffs but she physically resisted and a struggle ensued. With the assistance of other officers, Earl was handcuffed and taken into custody on a myriad of charges.

Upon further investigation, Bickerstaff was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for multiple offenses including brandishing a deadly weapon, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a concealed dirk or dagger (two fixed-blade knives were located in his pockets), and probation violation.

After being medically cleared at a local hospital as a precaution, Earl was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for resisting an officer by force or violence (felony), assault on a peace officer, unlawful possession of a concealed dirk or dagger (a fixed blade knife was located in one of her pockets), possession of methamphetamine, possession of suspected heroin, possession of drug use paraphernalia (meth pipe), being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in public, and probation violation.

No firearms were located at the scene and the second male, who was on active parole and in a relationship with Earl, was detained and released at the scene.



  • Bat is a felony for that.likely a forgotten debt.smoking pot improves memory.says nature medicine published 08 may 2017

    • JustWantToHearTheEndoftheStory

      That was a short term study on a small group of dementia sufferers. Your post proves that smoking pot does not improve literary skills…..

  • Tweaker wars, the living dead are upon us! Who would of thought Zombies are real!

  • That will help truism for sure. Hey honey remember that trip we took to the north coast? O ya we went to the waterfront and watched that methhead beat his girlfriend to death. Such a nice place we should really take the kids there sometime.

    • It's everywhere

      Ha ha, you and the next must not get out much,take a trip to any city an you will see stuff like this.Last trip to San Fran saw all sorts a bs

      • No thanks Sf has always been like this you expect it, eureka has been bad but never this bad, now nothing surprises me, I never said it was better anywhere els

  • No fuckin wonder a cruise ship with educated, wealthy, vacationers would n ever want to stop in this completly worthless port. Old town is disgusting. A total embarressment. Sick. Meth heads, violence, hookers. Nice job city council. Old town is a complete joke. I don’t spend one penny there, and i have lunch out at least once a week. I miss mazzotis, cafe waterfront. City council do your job. Clean up old town.

  • This is what is going to continue to happen since we are ignoring the local meth labs! We need to cut off the local supply of meth. All the local businesses are suffering because the source of the problem is not being dealt with. No, it’s not all coming from Mexico! Meth cooks are coming here from all over to ply their trade because there is no danger of being arrested. What’s next? Are we going to stop arresting drunk drivers because we don’t have the funds, knowledge, equipment, or time?

    Humboldt county better hope the marijuana business is going to generate some money. It certainly won’t be coming from retired people moving here and pumping money into the economy. We are already losing our tourist money. Fishing and logging have died out! Bad news like this travels fast and people are not going into old town to spend their money on lunch or dinner, when they can’t be safe.

    This major meth drug problem is all over Humboldt county and it’s spreading like cancer.

    Turning your head and ignoring this problem will not make it go away. It has reached the crisis level here in this county. When will we address this pressing issue?

    Come on city council, sheriff department, drug task force, Eureka city police. It’s time to step up, what are you waiting for?

    • I’d rather see the unconstitutional tax dollars being spent on an (man made if necessary) island with bare necessity accommodations and shuttle busses (ferries, parachutes) to transport the loosers to their chosen habitat. Their suppliers can parachute in supplies.
      Live free and die hard.

  • Well, at least it wasn’t three openly racist black guys attacking one man, I can’t stand one more idiot screaming about justice for a violent assalient who got hurt while assaulting someone with his friends and girlfriend.

  • Bickerstaff is a constant problem in Old Town…He often camps out in the alley near Nooner. A few weeks back he was kicking the hell out of another guy right there in the alley when I got to work…
    Eureka is pursuing discordant policies; trying to promote Old Town as the epicenter of our economy (a damn good idea) and simultaneously keeping the Mission there and all the adjacent group homes, etc…
    A change of venue for the latter policy priority (helping out the homeless, which I support), is essential…

  • That’s a nice bush in the planter box. Wondering what kind of bush is that?

  • Maybe let all three duke it out right there next to the bay, as they get stuck with blades roll them in for crab feed! Three less worthless dregs on society, working the Eureka system as well as stinking up and degrading the Boardwalk area for all our visiting tourists.

    Meth, heroine, marijuana seems to all go together.

    • Used cannabis for almost 50 years and never did heroin or meth. Only losers do stupid sh it like that. People who smoke commercial cigarettes are also losers.

  • lost coast one

    Bye Felecia…

  • It’s time to get your shit together EUREKA!! This is why no one wants to visit here,crime,drugs,out in the open I might add. Cruise ships can’t get in due to silt build up,roads are nothing but holes,ya cop says,why are you weaving,WE’LL THERE’S SO MANY HOLES IN THE ROAD I’M TRYING TO MISS EM.!! Come on We can do better.

  • Mr. Guest hit it right on the head I’ve been saying it and saying it the goddamn cops need to deal with the meth , heroin,forget about weed that’s like beating a dead horse. Hopefully the new sheriff or acting Sheriff will do something other than Derelic Downey.good riddance.

    • There are plenty of narrow minded peabrains who equate smack and meth with cannabis. Until that distinction is clear we are not going to make progress quickly. Reefer madness still exists same as the other diseases of STUPID like prejudice.

  • humboldtstickman

    Time to get these meth addicts into a fema camp

  • Nothing surprised me now here

    How romantic. A three-some gone bad

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