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Assault Weapon Wielding Men Hold up 37 People in Spree

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trio of robberies on Nov. 2 and 3 that saw 37 people held up at gunpoint, their cars, marijuana and personal belongings stolen, appear to be related, says Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Fridley. The robberies all fit a similar description, with multiple men with assault-style rifles and tactical vests taking victims by surprise. The first robbery occurred on Bair Road shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, where two victims reported that they had stopped at the gate to their property when two masked men came out of the darkness and pointed rifles at them, demanding money and marijuana. When the victims informed them they had neither, the masked men reportedly ordered them out of their vehicles — a 1991 Ford F-150 and a 2006 Toyota Tundra — took their shoes and fled in the trucks, which were possibly followed from the scene by a red Ford Truck. The victims described one of the suspects as being in his late 20s and the other in his 30s or 40s. The robbery was followed by two on Bald Hills Road the following day. Sometime between 2 and 4 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reports that at least three men wearing tactical vests with the word “SWAT” on them and wielding assault-style rifles robbed a group of five Spanish tourists who had been hiking near Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwood National Park. Because the tourists had all of their valuables taken from them,

including cell phones and watches, Fridley says it is impossible to know the exact time of the robbery. The victims reported that at least three men ordered the tourists to lay on the ground, firing several shots off in the air. The tourists were made to empty their pockets before the robbers took off in their vehicles — a 1998 white Ford Explorer and a 2001 white Dodge camper van. The robbers — one of whom the victims described as being 30-40 years old and standing between 5-feet-7-inches and 5-feet-9-inches tall — fled eastbound on Bald Hills Road. “It sounds like they were waiting for them to return [from the hike],” Fridley says of the robbers’ modus operandi. The other Nov. 2 robbery occurred farther east on Bald Hills Road, at a reportedly permitted marijuana farm. The landowner contacted the sheriff’s office at 3:51 p.m. to say that three men described as Native American were robbing his workers. One of the 30 workers on scene was able to text the landowner during the robbery. These men were also described as wearing SWAT vests and brandishing assault-style rifles. They instructed the workers to lie on the ground then took their personal belongings, 1,000 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles — a white 2001 Chevrolet 2500 four door pickup with matching canopy and a black 1996 Ford Explorer. Fridley could not confirm if the marijuana was processed or still in plant form. The

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suspects were reportedly armed with AR-15 and AK-47 style rifles. Deputies were dispatched from Hoopa but did not encounter the vehicles, who were again headed eastbound toward Hoopa. Fridley says there are at least two other side routes the robbers could have taken. On Nov. 6, two vehicles — the black 1996 Ford Explorer and a white Ford Explorer — were found, the former submerged in

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The number of roadway fatalities recorded in Humboldt County so far this year, after Daniel Ryan Cox, 40, of Eureka, was killed in a single-car crash on State Route 299 on Oct. 30 after reportedly making an unsafe turn with his truck and trailer that caused both to overturn. POSTED 10.31.17

“It’s pretty straight forward: comply, get one’s shit together and pay taxes — or find another line of work!” — Joshua Allen commenting on www.northcoastjournal.com on the Oct. 26 Week in Weed column, “Illicit Grows Face $10K-a-Day Fines.” POSTED 11.01.17

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the Klamath River, along Johnson Road off State Route 169 between Klamath Glen and Martin’s Ferry, and the other wrecked on Johnson Road. Asked why the sheriff’s office only notified the public of the robberies Nov. 6, several days after the fact, Fridley said that no one had been available to write a press release over the weekend. — Linda Stansberry POSTED 11.06.17

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They Said It “I am a tad speechless! OK, found my voice — HOLY COW!” — Trish Oakes commenting on a photo slideshow on the Journal’s Facebook depicting the various 2017 Halloween costumes of Mark Boyd, who works in the Journal’s front office and takes the holiday very seriously. Visit the Journal’s Facebook page to view the images. POSTED 11.01.17

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