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Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Home invasion Robbery in Bridgeville

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According to a press release from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, dated Nov. 22, 2011:
On Nov. 21,2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a 61 year old Bridgeville resident who reported he and his 59 year old wife were the victims of a home invasion robbery which had just occurred. The male victim reported, at approximately 9:50 p.m., he and his wife were in their residence located in the 1900 block of McClellan Mountain Road, Bridgeville, when a car drove up their driveway. The male victim opened his front door to greet the vehicles occupants who had now exited the car and were walking towards the residence. The two males told the victim their car was stuck in a ditch and they needed assistance. While the victim was speaking with the two males, another male approached from the shadows carrying a shotgun. The victim immediately ran into his residence and the suspects chased after him.  After the three suspects and two victims were in the home, the suspects held the victims at gun point and ordered the male victim to open a gun safe. After the safe was opened, the suspects ordered the victims to lie on the ground, and the suspects tied them up with duct tape.  The suspects then rummaged through the victims home, stealing all electronic communications devices, along with their computer, gold pieces, gold coins and a woman's gold  ring with a large diamond with several ruby’s, and some cash. The suspects then fled the scene leaving the victims tied up. 
 
The male victim was able to untie himself and called the Sheriffs Office. 
 
The suspects are described as:
  • White Male, approximately 5-5 tall, short brown hair, early 20’s, slim build, 150-160 lbs, unknown clothing
  • Second White Male, approximately 5-5 tall, short brown hair, early 20’s, slim build, 150-160 lbs, unknown clothing
  • White Male, early 20’s armed with shotgun, grey sweat pants, grey sweatshirt, light brown hair, approximately 5-8, 160-180 lbs, slim build
The victims were unable to provide a vehicle description due to lighting conditions. Anyone with information is requested to call the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hoopa man sought for warrants

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According to a press release from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, dated Nov. 22, 2011:
The Humboldt County Sheriffs Office is seeking the publics help in locating a warrant suspect. The Sheriffs Office is seeking Robert Mabry, 21 years old of Hoopa. He is a Native American Male, 5 feet 8” tall, 180 lbs, Black Hair, Brown eyes, believed to be staying in the Hoopa Valley/ Willow Creek area. Mabry currently has two outstanding warrants for his arrest, both are “No Bail ” . One warrant is for brandishing a deadly weapon with intent to avoid arrest, and threatening a public officer, the other is theft of a motor vehicle and felony evading arrest.
Anyone with information regarding his location should call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Tip line at 707-268-2539. 
 
Robert Mabry, 21 years old:
 

According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Nov. 18, 2011:

On Nov. 17, 2011,  at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person in the McKinleyville area. The mother of the missing person reported to the Sheriff’s office that her 31 year old son, Jason Balke, from McKinleyville had gone mushroom picking on Green Diamond property off Park Street, McKinleyville. The mother said her son left to pick mushrooms around 10:00 am this morning and was supposed to return in a few hours. She told deputies’ her son was very familiar with the area and when he failed to return she became concerned for his welfare. She and other family members entered the woods to look for him. While in the woods they ran into another citizen who said he thought he heard someone yelling “mom” from deep inside the woods. 
 
The Sheriff's Office initiated a Search and Rescue for Balke.  At approximately 3:00 a.m. the following morning they were able to locate two victims, Jason Balke and his brother Brian Balke, 33 years of age, also of McKinleyville. They had been picking mushrooms together when they became lost. Their mother had no idea Brian was with Jason at the time. Brian and Jason were treated and examined by Arcata Ambulance personnel, on scene, for mild hypothermia and given a courtesy transport home.
 

According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Nov. 18, 2011:

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has been receiving complaints of phone scams during the last week. The phone scammers are calling the victim and referring to the victim as “Grandpa or Grandma” or “Mom or Dad “. The suspect is telling the victim they are their grandchild and will have the correct name of the person they are impersonating. They are telling the victim they are in legal trouble or in jail, or their car has broken down in another country such as Mexico, Canada. They tell the victim to wire money using Western Union to an out of country location.  They will give the victim the name of a law enforcement agency or foreign embassy holding them and a set time limit to send the money. They are telling the victims if they do not receive the money bad things will happen to them. Sometimes a second suspect will get on the phone and tell the caller the person being held will be tortured or held in custody longer if they are not sent the money immediately. 
 
These types of calls are being experienced nationwide.  The suspects are accessing Facebook accounts and other internet sites to learn as much as possible about the victim’s family to attempt to extort the money from them.  If you receive such a call, check with other family members about the alleged captives status. Anytime someone solicits a money order, your credit card information or other account information over the telephone you should be suspicious. You can also call your local law enforcement agency for advice.
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