Man captured after 2 chases

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A Trinidad man was apprehended Friday after eluding Del Norte authorities in vehicle pursuits twice in eight days.

The Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol closed in on David M. Silva around noon at a stolen trailer he was suspected of hiding in at 5181 Lake Earl Drive, said Sheriff Dean Wilson.

As officers rushed the the front of the trailer Silva ran into a couple of deputies who had set a perimeter around the property, Wilson said.

Silva, 41, was carrying a BB gun and toy gun he quickly discarded after coming face-to-face with the deputies and was arrested without incident, Wilson said.

He was suspected of leading the CHP on a short chase Thursday on Lake Earl Drive that ended when he crashed a stolen truck from Arcata into a ditch as he was making a left onto Younkers Lane, said CHP Sgt. Rick Thoma.

Silva ditched the car and ran into the woods north of the street, Thoma said. Authorities combed the area on foot with a police dog and aerially with a CHP chopper for several hours to no avail.

Authorities found a couple of wigs they suspected Silva was using for disguises, and they also arrested his 20-year-old companion in the vehicle, Kaylin Baldwin, of Crescent City, on suspicion of being an accessory, possessing a controlled substance and possessing marijuana, Thoma said.

She was later released and was located again at the stolen trailer when authorities arrested Silva on Friday, authorities said.

The trailer was parked near a group of other travel trailers at the Lake Earl property with the permission of the owners, sheriff'sCommander Tim Athey said.

During an investigation of thestolen trailer - it was previously attached to the stolen truck from Arcata - authorities came across a malnourished horse and called in Animal Control to retrieve it, Athey said. Animal cruelty charges could be filed against the propety owners, he added.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon as well as a warrant related to the stolen vehicle. In addition, he had two outstanding felony arrest warrants for possessing a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

He was also being sought oncharges of possessing stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, making terrorist threats and assault.

Silva had been on the lam since at least the beginning of February, when Humboldt authorities tried serving the two felony arrest warrants at his residence on Cher-Ae Lane in Trinidad.

A search of the premises turned up a shotgun, ammunition, several chain saws with the serial numbers removed, a stolen Jeep Wrangler and a stolen motorcycle, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office stated.

The following morning at around 1:30 a.m., sheriff's deputies were called to the residence on a report of an assault in progress, the Sheriff's Office stated.

Deputies made contact with a 50-year-old woman who stated she was awakened by Silva punching her in the face and threatening to kill her or anyone else who called authorities about him, the Sheriff's Office stated.

Authorities said Silva escaped Del Norte authorities Feb. 13 after leading them on a high-speed chase on Lake Earl Drive. A CHP officer ended the pursuit after deeming it too dangerous for public safety.

Reach Anthony Skeens at askeens@triplicate.com .

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