Safety and Public Awareness
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According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office:
The murder investigation into the deaths of Christopher “Sky” Richardson of Corvallis, Oregon and Kristine Constantino of Kettenpom, California has been closed. Detectives have determined the person responsible for the killing of Richardson, Constantino and the stabbing of James and Norma Gund was Tomas Gouverneur. Richardson and Constantino were found to have died from results of strangulation. Tomas Gouverneur, of Corvallis, Oregon, died the day of the incident (03/13/2011) when the car he was driving struck a tree off of Highway 101, during a vehicle pursuit with deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department.
Through the investigation the Sheriff’s Department was able to link Tomas to the murders and assaults with witness statements (James Gund’s statement), evidence found at the scene and evidence found in Tomas’s possession. James Gund positively identified Tomas as being the person who assaulted both his wife and him. During the assaults on Christopher and Kristine it was found that a hand held taser was used to help subdue Christopher. It was found that during the attack of the Gunds, a hand held taser was used along with a knife. With information from the taser manufacture detectives were able to confirm that the taser was activated on line using Tomas Gouverneur’s personal information within days of the incident. During a search of Tomas at the time of his autopsy he was found to be in possession of an extra taser cartridge. Further investigation revealed that the taser cartridge found on Tomas’s person and the taser cartridges found at the scene all match as being sold in the package with the hand held taser unit found at the scene and found to be activated by Tomas.
Detectives also found older photos of Tomas on a Myspace account that show him in possession of a similar type of knife that was used in the assault on the Gunds. The knife in the pictures appears to have the same type of handle, size and shape as the knife used in this incident. This knife was recovered from the Gund’s house by a firefighter who turned that knife over to law enforcement the night of the incident. It was reported that during the assault on the Gunds, James Gund was able to take the knife away from Tomas. When James fled the scene on foot to get help, he carried the knife to his house where he dropped the knife on the floor before he grabbed his car keys and drove to the Kettenpom store to ask for help. The bodies of Christopher and Kristine were found bound with handcuffs, rope and duct tape. Detectives found packaging and receipts for the purchase of the handcuffs in the trunk of the car Tomas was driving at the time of his death. The packaging for the handcuffs found in Tomas’s car match the type of handcuffs used to restrain Christopher and Kristine. Detectives were able to trace the handcuffs purchase back to a store in Corvallis, Oregon, where the surveillance footage showed Tomas making the purchase of those items the day before the incident. Packaging for the rope and duct tape used in this incident was also traced back to being purchased at a store in Corvallis, Oregon. Detectives also found a box of trash bags, a Gerber brand multi tool and quick link type chain links at the crime scene.
During the search of Tomas’s car, detectives found packaging and receipts for the purchase of these items. Again detectives checked surveillance footage from the stores these items were purchased at and found that Tomas was the person who purchased these items. During the search of Tomas’s car detectives also found packages of marijuana and $11,000 cash bundled in a way that is consistent with sales of marijuana. The items were found in a green duffle bag that was believed to have been taken from the scene. Detectives also found identical packages of marijuana (same packaging and weights) at the crime scene. Throughout the investigation it has shown that Tomas acted alone and there is no evidence to support a second person being involved in this incident. In review of the surveillance footage nobody else appeared to be with the Tomas and there was no indication that anybody was traveling with Tomas at the time of the incident. The motive for the crime is believed to be related to marijuana sales and money from the sales of marijuana.
According to a press release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office:
On Jan.20, 2012, at approximately 10:20 pm a CHP officer on patrol stopped a UHaul van driven by Randall D. Segebartt, Jr. for having the rear license plate obstructed and not illuminated. The CHP officer noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle, when he contacted Segebartt, the sole occupant. Having probable cause, the CHP officer searched the U-Haul and found a loaded handgun and a small amount of marijuana in the cab area and several storage containers in the cargo area. The storage containers were full of packaged processed marijuana. A CHP officer assigned to the Trinity Narcotics Task Force was requested and responded to the scene, assuming the investigation. Segebartt was initially arrested for transportation of and possession of marijuana for sales and carrying a loaded, concealed, hand gun in a vehicle. When the marijuana was processed as evidence 4 bags (totaling 1 pound) of psilocybin mushrooms were located within the bags of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana was approximately 44 pounds. Segebartt is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. Segebartt’s bail was set at $60,000.00. He bailed out on 01/22/2012.
The photo to the right shows arrested suspect, Randall D. Segebartt, Jr. and the photos below show the marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms held as evidence in the case.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 25, 2012:
On Jan. 25, 2012, at approximately 5:15 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified of an alarm at the Blue Lake Museum, 330 Railroad Avenue, Blue Lake. Deputies were immediately dispatched to the scene. While the deputies were enroute, a citizen called the Sheriff’s Office after hearing the alarm and told the dispatcher they could see someone was inside the museum. Prior to the deputies’ arrival the citizen saw the suspect flee on foot towards Hatchery road. The citizen described the suspect as being dressed all in black. When the deputies arrived on scene they saw the front door to the museum had been forced in and was damaged. The deputies searched the area for the suspect(s) with no success. With the assistance of museum staff, deputies were able to determine eleven antique female Native American Basket Hats were stolen. These hats range in estimated value from $1,200 to $3,500 dollars each. The glass case in which the hats were stored in was also smashed.
After the theft occurred from the museum, staff and deputies immediately began notifying pawn shops, and various organizations about the stolen property and its description. At approximately 11:45 a.m., Eureka Police were notified by Heritage Antiques in Eureka that someone was at the business attempting to sell Native American Hats which matched the description of the stolen hats. Eureka Police responded and detained two subjects until the Sheriff’s Office could arrive on scene. The investigating deputy interviewed the two detained men and determined that one of the men, Carter Daniels, 30 years old of Eureka was in possession of the stolen Native American Hats. Daniels was arrested for possession of stolen property. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility; his bail is set at $25,000.00. The officers recovered seven of the eleven missing hats. The hats are estimated to be over 100 years old and were made by the Yurok and Hoopa Tribes.
Follow-up is still being conducted on this case, and deputies are attempting to locate the remaining four stolen hats. Additional charges and arrests are posssible. Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or criminal related activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.
Suspect, Carter Daniels, 30 years old of Eureka:
According to a Press Release from Humboldt State University, dated Jan. 24, 2012:
The Eureka Police Department has arrested a third suspect in the alleged Dec. 2 strong-arm robbery that occurred inside HSU’s Sunset Residence Hall.
Jules Aubrey Dawson, alias “Jay Doss,” was arrested in Eureka by Eureka police late on Jan. 23 on a $100,000 warrant. Dawson, 23, not an HSU student, is being held in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. A fourth suspect, Miles B. Sharp, 20, not an HSU student, remains at large. A $100,000 warrant remains pending for his arrest. Humboldt State University Police arrested two HSU students shortly after the alleged robbery in early December. Sophomore Eric Schneekluth of San Diego was taken into custody on campus without incident on Dec. 13. He remains in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Benjamin Beilin, a freshman from Valencia, CA, was picked up by University Police on Dec. 9, booked and subsequently released on bail.
Suspect still at large - Miles B. Sharp age 20: