Suspect in Arson of an Occupied Tent Captured With Help of Multiple Agencies, Says DNSO
This is a press release from the Del Norte 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:
Sheriff Garrett Scott would like to commend the Yurok Tribal Police Department for an outstanding investigation and the arrest of Nikwich Nez, who posed a serious threat to the public.
Nez has been setting multiple fires in the Klamath area over the past several weeks in wooded and grass areas, as well as setting fire to a tent where campers were sleeping inside. Luckily the victims only sustained minor injuries.
Yurok Tribal Officers had previously located Nez, however he was able to evade arrest.
On the evening of 08-11-2022 YTP officers located Nez in the Klamath Town Site area where he fled into a heavily wooded area.
Crescent City Police Department’s K9 Kai was deployed and Nez was taken into custody.
Nez was medically cleared and booked into the Del Norte County Jail.
He is being held on multiple arson charges, attempted murder, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.
I am extremely proud of the Deputies and Officers involved in this arrest. Nez posed a very serious risk to the public.
A very big thank you to K9 Kai and Sergeant Lopez for assisting in this arrest!
This is an awesome example of all agencies working together toward a common goal!