Safety and Public Awareness

Safety and Public Awareness

News reporting arrests, weather warnings, product recalls, and other important information relating to safety and public awareness, are found in this category.

According to a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, on Tues. morning, June 11, 2013, a Deputy was fired on by a suspect during an investigation of an illegal marijuana grow, located in the 20000 block of Tomki Road in Willits, California. The Deputy Sheriff shot back at the suspect who then escaped into the heavily wooded surroundings. Several hours of searching did not locate the suspect, and the search was suspended due to safety concerns - read more details in the MCSO press release below.

MCSO Press Release:
On 06-11-2013 at 0836 hours Special Agents from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF) arrived at a piece of property located in the 20000 block of Tomki Road in Willits, California. The MMCTF Special Agents had recently obtained a search warrant based upon an investigation that showed an illegal marijuana growing operation was in existence on the property. The Special Agents were assisted in the search warrant service by members of the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California Highway Patrol Aviation Division and Mendocino County Probation Department.

Upon arrival a MMCTF Special Agent (Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff), a California Department of Fish & Wildlife Warden and a Mendocino County Probation Officer encountered a suspect, described as being a Hispanic adult male dressed in camouflage clothing. The suspect fled on foot into the property's heavily wooded terrain and failed to comply with verbal commands to surrender. The three listed law enforcement personnel began a search for the suspect who appeared to be unarmed. During the search the suspect emerged from an area of bush approximately 30-40 yards from the Deputy Sheriff.  The suspect was armed with a handgun and immediately shot at the Deputy Sheriff, possibly multiple times.  The Deputy Sheriff shot back at the suspect who then fled off into the heavily wooded terrain once again. Additional law enforcement resources were summoned to the property as a more intensive search was conducted for the suspect.

The law enforcement resources included personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Cal Fire prevention officers. After several hours of searching the suspect was not located and the search was suspended due to safety concerns. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office is conducting an investigation into the shooting incident per county-wide protocol.

The Deputy Sheriff has been placed on paid administrative at this time.

A woman reported yesterday (Mon., June 3, 2013) to Humboldt County Sheriffs that she had been sexually assaulted as she was walking down the Avenue of the Giants heading toward Weott.The suspects in the incident are believed to be driving a Light Blue older Ford Van, possibly late 1970’s or early 1980’s no side windows in the rear cargo area. Only the front seats and back doors had windows.

The suspects are described as follows:

  • White Male, 19-25 years old, approximately,  6’ tall, 160 pounds, red curly hair with fresh injuries to his face and nose.
  • White Male, 19-25 years old, approximately 6’2” tall,  approximately 160 pounds, blond hair, wearing black jeans
  • White male, 19-25 years old, approximately 6”2” tall, approximately 160 pounds, brown hair

Details are found in the HCSO press release below:

On 06-3-2013, approximately 8:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local hospital emergency room nurse who reported a 33 year female was at the hospital who was being treated for a sexual assault.  A deputy responded to the hospital and met with the victim. She reported she was walking on US 101 near Rio Dell early today, when she got a ride from an unknown Asian female who dropped her off near the Pepperwood exit, Holmes Flat area. After being dropped off she walked down to the Eel River and went for a swim. During her swim, she lost her pants in the rapids. She walked back to Avenue of the Giants and began walking south again towards her mother’s residence in Weott, however she was not wearing pants, only underwear, a bra and t-shirt. She walked for about ten minutes when she encountered three males in a light blue Ford van in a turn out. She asked the males for a ride, and they agreed to give her a ride.

After evaluating the males further, she decided to decline the ride because she did not feel comfortable with the males. The three males then drove off in the van. She then continued walking south on Avenue of the Giants.  Further down the road as she was walking, the three males suddenly exited the brush and all three sexually assaulted her. During the assault she struck one of the males in the face with a tree branch she found causing injury to the males face. The victim believes she may have broken the male’s nose or knocked out some of his teeth. After the assault the victim ran to a nearby residence for help, and the residents gave her a ride to the hospital.

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

The photo above shows Bodhi Tree being arrested by Arcata Police and Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies-see the video of the arrest at the bottom of the page.

Update-Thurs., May 23, 2013: According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, double homicide suspect, Bodhi Tree, being held without bail for the murder in Arcata of Alan "Sunshine" Marcet, 27, and 18-year-old Christina Schwarz on May 18, 2013, is now a person of interest in a shooting that occurred three days earlier in Eureka. Detectives believe the homicides in Arcata and the shooting in Eureka are potentially related.  According to the press release the individual who was initially detained by the Eureka Police Department, in connection with the May 15 shooting, is not the focus of the investigation at this time. On Wed., May 22 in Humboldt County Superior Court, suspect Bohdi Tree pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder . The gun used in the Arcata double homicide has still not been found.

Police officials request that if you have any information about the Eureka shooting of Rhett August which occurred on Wed., May 15 on the 1900 block of J Street in Eureka, please contact Lead Detective Peter Cross at 707 441-4390, Senior Detective Ron Harpham at 707 441-4305 or the Eureka Police Dept. at 707 441-4606. If you have information specific to the homicides in Arcata contact Lt. Ryan Peterson at 707 822-2428.

Update- Tues., May 21, 2013: The Arcata Police Department is still actively investigating this double murder case with 28 year old Bodhi Tree of Arcata as the prime murder suspect. The victims, Alan "Sunshine" Marcet, 27, of Oak Park Michigan, and 18-year-old Christina Schwarz, a Eureka High student, were shot and killed on Sat., May 18 at a residence at 2457 Eye Street, Arcata. Police continue their search for a handgun that was possibly discarded by the suspect in the Sunny Brae area, specifically in the area of Beverly Drive and Shirley Blvd. If anyone finds a gun they are asked to leave the gun in place and immediately contact the Arcata Police Department. Hear more on this update below.

Use the player below to hear an audio update on this case, including an exclusive interview with the resident of the home in which the murders took place. This news piece was aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Tues., May 21, 2013.

Murder suspect, Bodhi Tree, is shown in the photo below.

Read the original post on this story below.


On Sat., May 18 Arcata Police Officers were alerted to a reported shooting in Arcata, with one victim dead at the scene and a second pronounced dead after being transported to the Mad River Community Hospital. The suspected shooter, Bodhi Tree, 28 years old of Arcata, was later apprehended and booked in the Humboldt County Jail on two counts of Murder. The press release on this incident appears below.

On May 18, 2013, at about 2:00am, the Arcata Police Department responded to the 2400 block of Eye Street on the report of gunshot victims inside the residence.  A female victim was pronounced dead at the scene, the male victim was pronounced dead at Mad River Community Hospital.

The Arcata Police Department conducted an extensive investigation with a suspect being developed.  The investigation led officers to a residence located in the 200 block of Marilyn Avenue, located in the Sunny Brae area of Arcata.  Upon initial contact with the occupants of the residence, the suspect was not located.  A short time later, citizens in the area notified police of a suspicious subject in the 1700 block of Shirley Blvd, a short distance away from the Marilyn Avenue residence.  Officers responded and located  Bodhi Tree, 28 years old of Arcata.  Tree was the homicide suspect sought by the police department and he was arrested. Tree was transported to the Humboldt County Jail and booked for two counts of PC 187--Murder.
The homicide investigation continues and anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at 822-2424.

View a You Tube video below of Bodhi Tree being arrested by Arcata Police and Humboldt County Sheriff Deputies-You Tube video uploaded by "AndrewEliGoff."

Using a bolt cutter to cut a lock, one or more suspects broke into the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) facility on Letz Avenue, McKinleyville, cut the fuel line to a diesel tank and removed around 132 gallons of red dye diesel leaving a large amount of diesel fuel spilled on the ground.  This fuel was found leaking into a drainage ditch adjacent to Widow White Creek.

It was estimated that the break-in occurred during the late night or early morning hours between Sat., May 4th and Sun., May 5th. See the full press release below for more information.

On Sunday, May 5, 2013, at approximately 7:00 am, MCSD staff was contacted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office regarding a theft and vandalism.  When a Sheriff Deputy arrived on site at the end of Letz Avenue, he was met by MCSD staff, where it was discovered that a lock on the gate was cut using bolt cutters, which were found at the scene along with other miscellaneous tools.  

The suspect(s) then cut the diesel tank intake fuel line and attached a garden hose to it.  Once the hose was attached the suspects removed approximately 132 gallons of red dye diesel from the tank.  MCSD staff believes the crime occurred during the late night or early morning hours between May 4th and May 5th, 2013

When MCSD staff arrived on the scene, there was a large amount of diesel fuel spilled on the ground, which was leaking into a drainage ditch that is adjacent to Widow White Creek.  Due to MCSD staff’s immediate response to contain the spilled diesel, they were successful in trapping the fuel before it entered the stream.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Humboldt County Environmental Health were notified and also responded to the scene.  They both commended MCSD staff for their excellent response to the incident and preventing further potential environmental damage.

MCSD staff hired a local environmental contractor to assess the status of the incident.  The contractor is also taking over the cleanup and will continue to monitor the site for the next seven (7) days.

Because of a previous incident in December 2012 at that location, MCSD had placed a camera on top of the building, which was also stolen by the thieves.  The total loss to MCSD at this time is estimated at $6,300.00.

The photo below is of two 15-gallon containers. A total of 15 containers were found at the site.  These containers were used to transport the diesel.  It is possible that these 15 containers were being transported by vehicle Saturday night or early Sunday morning.  If you have any information about these containers, please contact the MCSD General Manager at 839-3251 or the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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