HCSO Captures Mysterious Cowboy Hat-Wearing Subject Claiming to be FBI Agent After Two-Week Crime Spree

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 Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 1200 hours, the two week crime spree, perpetrated by the mysterious cowboy hat wearing subject claiming to be an FBI Agent, has finally came to an end. James Martin Pawlyk, age 50, was taken into custody with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Arcata Police Department (APD), and the Eureka Police Department (EPD), after another full day of causing havoc across the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Eureka. CHP observed Pawlyk’s vehicle traveling Northbound Highway 101 and conducted a traffic stop at the KOA. Pawlyk was detained by CHP until the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) arrived and took custody of him.

Pawlyk was arrested by the HCSO for attempting to run over Walgreens employees with his vehicle earlier in the day. EPD also arrested Pawlyk, on two fresh felony vandalism cases that occurred after the Walgreens incident. Pawlyk is also the suspect in two additional EPD brandishing cases, and probably five or more HCSO cases of similar nature. Additional criminal charges will likely be filed against Pawlyk after further investigation is conducted.

Pawlyk was later booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF).  The HCSO booked Pawlyk for assault with a deadly weapon, along with EPD’s felony vandalism charges.  Pawlyk’s bail was set at $75,000

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.



  • Trillium Hummingbird

    And such a handsome guy too!

  • Serial spree-er.

    ” Palo Cedro man put on felony probation earlier this year after he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in connection with the drowning of seven cats last year is back in Shasta County Jail. James Martin Pawlyk is now charged with possession of tear gas, a misdemeanor, and faces up to three years in jail if convicted of violating his probation.

    Pawlyk, who is no stranger to Shasta County Superior Court, was arrested in August 2014 after a suspected psychotic episode at his home in which his wife and children fled the residence after receiving a threat from him. When they returned home, they found six dead cats in carriers and another in a 5-gallon bucket containing an unknown blue liquid.”

  • “…standing in line at the hardware store today when a man walked up behind me and shouted “What do you think about illegal immigration?” I could tell the man wasn’t stable so I tried to give him a vague but polite response. Then, visibly agitated, he yells “Did you know that millions of illegal immigrants live in this country and they kill thousands of people every year? They could kill your neighbor, your family and friends. Are you okay with that?”

    Trying to keep the crazy man from getting more agitated I give a simple “That’s not good.” He goes on to tell me about sanctuary cities and some nonsense that I don’t care to hear. Finally he says “Why don’t you wipe that fucking smirk off your face! I’m going to kick your ass!” As he pulled his jacket back like the old west gun fighters and shows me three large knives on his hip. At first I thought it was a gun. I yelled, ” He has a knife, Call 911!” Of course no one does. I back out of the aisle and circle around to put the counter in between me and him while I scan the shelf for a weapon and describe what’s going on to the 911 operator. Finally, after several of the customers began to shout at him “We are witnesses”, he leaves. Crazy man, driving a 1998 Chevy Z71, drives over to the concrete stepping stones loads up several and peels out of the parking lot.

    I believe that this nutcase came into the store with the intention of attacking someone. Law enforcement needs to get the store surveillance video and share pictures of this guy.”

  • Must have been smoking the chumps devils lettuce.

    • That stuff will twist your mind. Devils lettuce made 9-11 what it is today

    • Actually I’m thinking it was something considerably STRONGER, like Meth or I don’t know if it’s still popular but PCP has been known to affect people in such a manner!!!

      • *tapping on the glass*

        show of hands if you’ve ever seen any person drinking reach the point of becoming belligerent =>mean => aggressive => violent ending up acting like a dangerous asshole.

        act like this cowboy was misbehaving.

        alcohol needs included on any lists you write as to what the guy was on to become a psychotic threat. don’t assume it’s always meth or heroine making someone act out…

        tobacco is the no.1 abused drug
        ==> alcohol (ETOH) is the 2nd most abused drug
        cannabis 3rd…

        meth is at 8-9 in 2016 lists of most abused drugs and alcohol in the u.s.
        i think benzodiazepines was 10th.

        personally i’ve seen alcohol induced brain diseases, i took 2 friends to sv when they finally succumbed to meth psychosis.
        i was living never to a strung out junky who was delusional tell everyone he was “the 2nd coming”.

        all of it is ugly.

        • You’re right about alcohol causing psychotic episodes. Our land is getting violent and dangerous. It’s the chaos the Vultures want. In chaos they can get away with anything. Suspend the Constitution, declare martial-law, arrest people from political groups (Liberals) they don’t like.
          I don’t think carrying a gun is a good strategy. But being vigilant is always a good thing.
          Hate to say it, but every time I go into town, I’m thinking strategically about how I go to the ATM, where I park, where is the escape. It’s sad I know. It’s life in the ghetto all over again.
          This always happens to societies whose leaders have become corrupt. The quality of life diminishes. Crime rates skyrocket. Corruption is turning us into a Third-World, banana-republic.

  • country bumpkin

    That is exactly how i picture the chump looking and acting, if he where to ever leave his mom’s basement that is.

  • Psych meds are dangerous–at *all* times, especially starting them and stopping them. See the fine print and the black box warnings…

    • Especially NOT taking them, just ask the woman who was arrested for “Exorcising Demons” from her 11 year old daughter!!! That’s what not taking your prescribed drugs will do for you!!! FAR WORSE effects than “Devil’s Lettuce”!!! I don’t give a fig what the CHUMP has to say about it!!!

      • No, actually.

        Psych meds *CAUSE* violence. Coming off them suddenly is not a good idea. An even worse idea is to start taking them at all. They don’t CURE anything, and cause side effects later labelled as ‘mental illness’. Big bucks for PHARMA and causing death 25 years earlier than average.


        Emotional distress is not caused by mythical ‘chemical imbalances’ or ‘genetic disorders’…it is caused by TRAUMA and the lack of adequate social supports.

  • Only $75,000 bail??? What a joke. Hopefully, he is still on probation from Shasta and they will do something. Humboldt continues to let these people out to keep committing crimes.

  • I just wish the headline had said “Stranger” rather than “Subject” this time: “…MYSTERIOUS COWBOY HAT-WEARING STRANGER…”

  • skeechreka!!!!!!!!!

  • Well I’m certainly glad they caught him before he killed somebody. Geeze trying to run people over with your vehicle,DUMB move jackass.IS THE WHOLE WORLD GOING CRAZY???God help us all

  • Thinking allowed

    So is he out on bail or not?

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