Humboldt County Deputies Investigate Dramatic Attempted Murder, Kidnapping

Dec 2, 2013 4:07 PM

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted murder-kidnapping case in which eight men in camouflage with rifles reportedly stormed into a home and shot one of the men inside. Two men within the residence were then tied to a tree outside before the gunshot victim was ordered into a truck and taken to an unknown location.

According to the Sheriff’s Office press release, the incident happened on November 28 when two men, aged 24 and 29 and originally from Indiana, were visiting a 25-year-old male friend at a residence in the Ranch Sequoia area of Humboldt County. The two men had been at the home four days prior to the incident, Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office stated today.

The two men told deputies they were on the balcony of the residence that evening when they heard vehicles approaching the home. They then heard male voices yelling what appeared to be commands at someone within the home and banging on the sides of the house. Soon after the two men heard gunshots.

As the two men left the balcony and ascended downstairs, they told deputies they saw eight men each with a rifle and dressed in camouflage inside. The two men saw their 25-year-old male friend and owner of the home had been shot. The men were then taken outside at gunpoint and tied to a tree and were told not to say anything or else they would be killed. The gunshot victim was then ordered into a truck and he and the assailants left the scene to an unknown location. After the two men eventually untied themselves and fled the area uninjured, they contacted law enforcement around 3:30 a.m. after driving nearly 60 miles south to Laytonville in Mendocino County, according to Knight.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on November 29, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from Jerold Phelps Hospital in Garberville indicating they received a 25-year-old man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. When deputies arrived at the hospital they determined the victim to be the same man who was shot and kidnapped at the residence in the Ranch Sequoia area earlier in the evening.

The Sheriff’s Office indicated the 24-year-old gunshot victim is expected to live.

The victim was unable to tell deputies where the assailants had taken him during the kidnapping nor a possible motivation why he was targeted. Soon after speaking with the victim, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence where the crime occurred and located evidence consistent with the statements given to deputies regarding the events which transpired. Knight also stated detectives failed to find evidence suggesting a motive for the crime and do not believe the motivation for the crime was a marijuana robbery at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.


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