[UPDATE] Stabbing Victim Travels From Willow Creek Area to Fortuna to Get Help
This morning a stabbing victim arrived at Redwood Memorial Hospital. While the victim was being treated, Fortuna Police were notified of the assault. Fortuna Police determined the stabbing had actually occurred in the Three Creeks area near Willow Creek and Hoopa which is in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s jurisdiction.
When deputies arrived at the hospital, the victim, a 45-year-old Fortuna resident, had already been treated and released, according to Samantha Karges spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriffs Department.
The victim told the Sheriff’s Department that he had been stabbed at a rural property. There were quite a few people on the property apparently, explained Karges. “Eventually, the suspect accused the victim of looking inappropriately at a female who was there,” Karges said. “According to the victim’s report, he woke up to the suspect standing over him and attempting to stab him.”
The victim told deputies that there was a struggle and he was able to get away, Karges told us. “The victim was picked up from the property and able to get out of the area,” she said. “Deputies have made contact with the property owner…and are investigating this as an assault with a deadly weapon.”
The suspect, known only as James, is described as being in his early twenties, about 5′ 11″ tall and 160 pounds with red hair. He has no facial hair and no tattoos only.
“Deputies have made contact with the property owner and are investigating this as an assault with a deadly weapon,” Karges said. “James was last seen fleeing the area eastbound on 299 towards Redding in a lowered black hatchback.
NOTE: After eastern Humboldt residents contacted us and pointed out that Three Creeks Road is in the Willow Creek section not the Hoopa section, we adjusted the wording in the article to reflect that the incident is somewhere in the general area southwest of Hoopa and northwest of Willow Creek.
UPDATE Friday: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department:
On Feb. 1, 2018, at about 9:03 a.m., Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies were called to assist the Fortuna Police Department with a reported stabbing incident that occurred within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.
During their investigation, deputies learned that the incident occurred at a rural property near Brannon Mountain Road in the Three Creeks area of Willow Creek. According to the 45-year-old male victim, the suspect, only known as “James”, accused the victim of looking at a female on the property inappropriately. The victim reportedly awoke later that night to the suspect stabbing him with a knife.
The victim was able to escape with multiple stab wounds to the neck and head area. He was later picked up from the property by a friend and taken to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna for treatment.
The suspect is described as a male in his early twenties, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 160 pounds, red hair with no facial hair or visible tattoos. James was reportedly observed fleeing eastbound on Highway 299 toward Redding, with another male and a female, in a lowered black hatchback.
Anyone with information about 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.