Gunman in crime spree still sought

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate August 19, 2013 06:51 pm

Suspect identified after weekend robbery and pursuit

Zachary Scott
Zachary Scott
Authorities on Monday released the identity of a man they are seeking in connection with a crime spree that began with an armed robbery Saturday at a local Subway restaurant.

Zachary Scott, 33, of Eureka, is being sought in connection with the armed robbery, attempted murder of a peace officer and several counts of auto theft by force,  according to the Crescent City Police Department.

“The public will constantly be updated with additional information as it turns up,” said Police Chief Doug Plack. “We have reason to believe he is down in Eureka.”

A man walked into the Subway restaurant on the north side of Crescent City on U.S. Highway 101 around 7 a.m. with a handgun and demanded money from a store clerk, as well as the keys to her car, the Police Department said.

The car was located later Saturday at the Klamath Salmon Festival by a Yurok Tribal Police officer, and  the man allegedly struck the officer with the car before leading authorities on a pursuit, the CCPD stated.

Tribal police fired several rounds at the vehicle, wounding the suspect, authorities said.

Speaking for the Yurok Tribal Police, attorney Charles Henry said the officer was treated and released at Sutter Coast Hospital.  Two officers were on administrative leave Monday pending the results of an investigation into the shooting, said Henry, adding that placing the officers on leave was standard protocol.

“There was an officer-involved shooting around 12 p.m. near the tribal Salmon Festival,” said Henry. “One of our officers was injured.”

He declined to comment on whether both officers fired their weapons, and he declined to identify the officers involved.

The Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are both investigating the shooting, Henry said.

Several agencies are handling the investigation of the crime spree, including the CCPD, the Sheriff’s Office and Tribal Police.

It appeared the suspect was struck in his left leg as he drove away, authorities said.

He then crashed into the Klamath River Bridge and carjacked another vehicle at gunpoint, authorities said.

He fled southbound toward the Orick area, where the second stolen vehicle was abandoned, the CCPD stated.

Scott is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds, between the ages of 20 and 27. He was wearing a dark-colored, long-sleeved jacket, blue, gray and white plaid shorts, a white baseball hat and “Vans” shoes.

Anyone with information about the case is requested to contact authorities immediately. Travellers should refrain from picking up hitchhikers on U.S. Highway 101.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

In March, Scott was on felony probation when he was arrested by Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of tampering with a vehicle and probation violation. He was booked and released.

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