At approximately 5 a.m. this morning, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a Mariusz Henrik of Hayfork, who stated there were five to seven individuals outside his apartment allegedly making threats to him. Henrik was unable to identify the subjects to the dispatch officer. Henrik again called dispatch a few minutes later, stating the subjects had returned again this time with guns and dogs. Shortly after that call, a neighbor of Henrik’s called the Sheriff’s Department stating Henrik had lit his BBQ in his apartment, eventually leaving the apartment with an axe and heading off into the woods.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, and eventually located Henrik at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Reservoir Road in Hayfork. The deputies believe Henrik entered the church by breaking a window. According to the Sheriff’s press release, Henrik barricaded himself in the church and lit five small fires within the church, causing smoke to come out of the church, but not causing the church to completely catch on fire.
Officers on scene negotiated with Henrik throughout the morning. Henrik believed the officers were the same subjects he allegedly saw outside his apartment earlier this morning. Hayfork High School was put on lockdown first thing this morning.
Henrik has now been taken into custody, and the high school is currently open.
(UPDATE) 4:05 p.m.- The 50-year-old Marisuz Hernik, who also goes by the alias Marc Cash is being held without bail on several charges, including attempted murder, seven counts of arson, $5000 or more in vandalism, resisting arrest, and burglary. We will have more details on Action News at 5 and 6:30 p.m.