EPD Arrests Man, Woman After Attempted Vehicle Theft

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 May 22, 2018, at about 3:19 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to the area of H and 8th Streets for the report of an in progress theft of vehicle. The victim had heard his vehicle start up and ran out and stopped the male driver and female passenger. The victim detained the male driver with assistance from others and the female passenger walked away before officers arrived.

Once on scene, officers identified the male suspect as 36 year old Matthew Leach of Oregon. The female was located a few blocks away and identified as 45 year old Rowena Hardy of Dunsmuir. Both were in possession of burglary tools and stolen mail. The vehicle was not damaged and was released to the victim on scene.

Leach and Hardy were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Leach was booked for vehicle theft and possession of burglary tools. Hardy was booked for possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property.



  • Wow, is that smeared makeup or has she been knocked around a bit? Glad the owner had the balls to jump this guy, nice going. Girl was stupid not to lay low for a few hours.

  • What’s wrong with the top of his noggin.head tat no neck tat. She Does not look 45 maybe 35 at most .

    • I agree except for those “suitcases” under her eyes, talk about a set of “matching luggage”!!!

  • Neither are from here – why am I not surprised

  • I wonder if there is a recent protocol requiring make up removal for booking photos. I never saw the smeared eye makeup so much before.

  • I wonder what other countries, say Latvia does with useless scum like this? Surely not everyone kisses their ass like we do.

  • A guy named Leach is allegedly a parasite. Is that irony or just coincidence?

  • Wow.Sure hope is not a sperm donor. They both have creepy smirks.

  • She doesn’t look beat up. Her eyes are puffy and baggy from crying. Plus all the mascara smeared. He has eyes that say he has no conscience.

  • A tattoo on top of your head, and they say profiling is illegal. Come on dude, you are just begging to be branded as an idiot loser waste of oxygen!

    Unfortunately, with our liberal jail/prison policies they will both be out quickly, like the ones from yesterday, to rob, steal, car jack, and on and on we go.

  • There’s a cure for this, you all know what it is. I’ve said it many times!!!

  • Super easy to armchair quarterback from the comfortable spot under your bridges,huh? Taking the time to judge someone going through pain is pretty classy.. Super proud to be among humans, I hope you all have the “Jack Handy” version of God, your gonna need it.. Maybe the girl was broken, maybe she went through the hardest times of her life, maybe after this she walked alone and dealt with America’s deprivity, wearing the faces of men and the badge of abusive rapists, backed by Trump. Maybe people should learn grace, poise, inner strength,and dignity.. maybe learn to swim.. Or don’t.. I’m not impressed sheeple.. everyone thinks their special… The Black sheep, is still a fecking” $#eep, I can count real warriors on one hand these days…

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