Thursday, September 04, 2014

Double murder in Fieldbrook; suspect arrested Featured

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Two victims of an apparent murder in the Fieldbrook area, northeast of Arcata, Calif., have been identified by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office as Harley Wayne Hammers Jr., a 37 year-old, male and a 37-year-old female, Angel Robin Tully, both from Eureka. The victims were located on the evening of Wednesday, Sept., 3 following a 911 call reporting shots fired at a residence in the 4400 block of Fieldbrook Road, Fieldbrook.

After interviewing witnesses, officers identified an alleged suspect in the case as Jason Michael Arreaga, 29 years old from Lucerne, California (shown in the photo) and broadcast a "be-on-the-lookout" notice for Arreaga's vehicle, a Gold 2001 Buick four door sedan. This vehicle was spotted at 12:30 am this morning, Thurs, Sept 4, in south Eureka. Eureka Police Officers and HC Sheriff's Officers successfully followed and stopped the vehicle on US 101 at Singly Hill off ramp, Loleta.  Arreaga was driving the vehicle and was arrested for two counts of homicide. He is currently being held on one million dollars bail.  Fieldbrook Road  was re-opened to traffic at 11:40 a.m. today. Hear more on the KMUD local news tonight at 6 pm.

HCSO Press Release, dated Thurs, Sept., 4, 2014:
On 09-03-2014, at approximately 5:07 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding shots fired and a deceased female at a residence in the 4400 block of Fieldbrook Road, Fieldbrook. Deputies and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene. While deputies were enroute the Sheriff’s Office received additional calls with the callers saying the female was deceased near a trailer on the property and there was a male yelling for help in the driveway
The first deputy arrived on scene at 5:17 p.m. The deputy immediately learned there were two victims, an adult male, later identified as Harley Wayne Hammers Jr. 37 years old, from Eureka and an adult female, later identified as Angel Robin Tully, 37 years old, from Eureka, both whom had been shot. Hammers was located by the deputy across the street from where the shooting had occurred. Medical personnel treated Hammers for gunshot wound injuries and transported him Mad River Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Tully was declared deceased at the scene.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to the scene, and the California Highway Patrol, and Humboldt County Public Works assisted with closing Fieldbrook Road, from Anker Lane to Wagle Lane, which had become part of the crime scene.
Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives searched the area for a shooting suspect and spoke with witnesses. Detectives learned during their investigation the suspect was Jason Michael Arreaga, 29 years old from Lucerne, California. Arreaga had been in an argument with the victims. Detectives learned Arreaga was driving a Gold 2001 Buick four door sedan. A be-on-the-lookout was broadcast for the vehicle to law enforcement agencies.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., 09-04-2014, a Eureka Police Officer spotted the Buick driving southbound on US 101 as it was passing through south Eureka. The Eureka Police Officer followed the vehicle until Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and assisted in the traffic stop. The vehicle was stopped on US 101 at Singly Hill off ramp, Loleta. Arreaga was driving the vehicle and Arreaga was arrested for two counts of homicide and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked into jail. He is being held on one million dollars bail.

Detectives are still on scene, and still actively working on the case. They have requested Arreaga’ s photograph be withheld at this time while they continue interviewing eye witnesses.

The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has scheduled the autopsies to be conducted 9-6-2014.

Additional information may be released at a later time as it becomes available, this is still an active investigation.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.  

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