(UPDATE) 4:02 p.m.- The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department have arrested both suspects in the murder and attempted murder of two men in this afternoon. The two were wanted for attacking two transient men with a crossbow, injuring one and fatally injuring the other.
The department received a call from a citizen who reported a possible sighting of the suspects in the area of “friends of the Dunes”, a local nature center near Eureka. A CHP officer along with the Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. team responded to the scene. A helicopter spotted the suspects and ordered them to surrender. The S.W.A.T. team took the suspects into custody where they are being interviewed by detectives.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding two young individuals who killed one man and wounded another with a crossbow.
The murder and attempted murder occurred just after 12:30 p.m. yesterday near the intersection of HWY 255 and New Navy Base Road in Eureka. Deputies first arrived at the scene after a 911 call for an injured man lying on the southbound shoulder of HWY 255. Deputies found the injured 41-year-old man had suffered three crossbow wounds; one a grazing scalp wounds and two to the hip and shin.
According to the department’s press release, the man was attacked by two suspects who fled the scene on bicycles. The suspect’s eventually abandoned their bicycles and fled into a heavily wooded area after a witness tried to detain them. The injured man was treated and later released from an area hospital.
Deputies found a second deceased victim in a wooded area roughly 200 yards west of where the injured man was found. The 44-year-old victim suffered a single arrow to the face. The names of the victims are being withheld by the department at this time.
After the discovery of the victims, a multiagency search was conducted in the immediate area. Responding agencies included CHP, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Arcata Police Department and rangers from the Bureau of Land Management. Despite their efforts to locate the suspects the search was called off at 11:45 p.m. last night.
According to Detective Jen Turner, the lead investigator with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, the motive for this attack appears to be the suspects believed the victims may have stolen items from their transient camp. The suspects are new to the area and had built a crude encampment of their own.
With information provided by individuals who recognized their bicycles as well as items located by law enforcement at their camp, they were able to identify the suspects.
Phoenix Triton King, 20, is believed to be originally from Lake County and is described as 5’7”, 140 pounds with short blond hair, blue eyes and black heavy framed glasses. The second suspect is a 16-year-old female whose name is not being released because of her age. She is described 5’0, 120 pounds with dark skin and shoulder-length “frizzy” hair. They are both considered dangerous and potentially armed.
We are awaiting a mug shot of King, but anyone who may have information on this case is asked to contact Detective Turner at (707) 268-3642.