Failed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Butler-Smith allegedly lost a gunfight with Esteban Matias and his knife. KLH | Eye

Butler-Smith allegedly lost a gunfight with Esteban Matias and his knife. KLH | Eye

City of Arcata




OnWednesday July 24 2013, at approximately 6:15 p.m., officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the La Chiquita Taqueria in the 700 block of 10th Street for the report of an attempted robbery.

Sean Butler-Smith

Sean Butler-Smith

Upon the officers’ arrival they spoke to the owner who reported an unknown man hadjust attempted to rob him at gun point. The owner had been in the back when he heard someone tap on the front counter requesting service. When he came to thecounter the suspect grabbed him by the hair and pushed a small pistol to his neck and demanded money.

The owner was able to retrieve a large kitchen knifefrom behind the counter and fend off the suspect. The owner then chased the suspect from the business and down the street.

The suspect was described as a white male adult, 5’5″ tall, dark hair, wearinga red hoodie with white writing and a white hat.

Over thepast two weeks investigators developed information that Sean Butler-Smith, 26, was responsible for the attempted robbery.

On August 6, detectives located Butler-Smith in the 900 block of Scenic Dr. inTrindad and he was taken into custody without incident.

Butler-Smithwas booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility on charges of 211 PC,robbery, 11350 H&S, possesion of a controlled substance, 11377 H&S,possesion of a controlled substance, 1203.2 probation violation and for threeoutstanding arrest warrants.