Armed Men Invade Manila Campsite, Attack Campers

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

HCSO Press Release

On Sunday, Sept. 1 at about midnight, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a man and woman being assaulted.

They were injured as a result of the assault and were now on the side of road at the Samoa Boulevard and State Route 255 intersection, Manila.

When deputies arrived on scene they met with the victims, a 48-year-old man and his 23-year-old wife, both from Eureka. Deputies saw the male had visible bruises and cuts to his face, and swelling on his head. The female was bleeding from the top of her head. Medical was summoned to the scene by the deputies to treat the victims. Both were conscious and able to speak.

The female victim told the deputies at approximately 7 p.m. on Sept. 1, she was at the intersection of State Route 255 and Samoa Boulevard in Manila when she was approached by two men. The men accused her of stealing a wallet. She denied stealing the wallet and the suspects left.

At approximately midnight the suspects returned and started assaulting the female and her husband in their campsite which is near the State Route 255 and Samoa Boulevard intersection in the woods. The suspects used a stun gun against her husband and beat him with a wooden cane. She also witnessed one of the suspects point a rifle at her husband.

The suspects grabbed her purse and threw the contents all over the ground. She screamed and the suspects struck her with the cane in the head, they then left the area. The suspects stole the victim’s wallet during the assault. She believed they left the area in a light brown pickup truck or jeep.  Deputies also saw the female had injuries to her head and leg. The male victim related a similar story to the deputies as to what occurred.

Both male suspects are described as follows:

Suspect #1 White male adult, 5’11” tall, approximately 190 lbs, 30 years of age

Suspect #2 White male adult, 5’ 11” tall, approximately 200 lbs, approximately 50 years of age

The victims were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released.

Deputies are following up on possible leads to the suspect’s identities.

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.