Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies have recovered two stolen vehicles connected with three armed robberies in the Redwood Valley area and near Redwood National and State Parks.
Deputies found a black Ford Explorer connected with an armed robbery Friday on Bald Hills Road in the Klamath River, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fridley said Wednesday.
Deputies found a white Ford Explorer on Bald Hills Road near Johnson Road, Fridley said. The white Explorer was one of two vehicles stolen from a group of Spanish tourists Friday. This second armed robbery occurred within hours of the first also on Bald Hills Road east of Lady Bird Johnson Grove.
Fridley said deputies were investigating an abandoned white truck found on Stover Road off Bair Road on Wednesday. The first armed robbery occurred on Nov. 2 on Bair Road.
The suspects in each of those robberies were described as wearing tactical “SWAT-type gear,” according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office news release.
In the first incident on Bair Road, two victims told sheriff’s deputies they had stopped at the gate to their property when two men came out of the dark and pointed rifles at them. They demanded money and marijuana and when the victims told the suspects they had neither, the men ordered them out of their two vehicles, took their shoes, got into each of the cars and drove away, according to the news release.
The suspects were last seen headed towards Hoopa possibly with a red Ford truck following them, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities describe the suspects as white or possibly Native American.
One was in his late 20s and the other was likely in his 30s or 40s, according to the sheriff’s office. Both had their faces covered and were wearing “SWAT-type gear.”
The stolen vehicles are a 1991 blue Ford F-150 regular cab pickup with a California license number 6K24346 and a 2006 silver 4-door Toyota Tundra pickup with a California license number 8B88852.
On Friday, a group of tourists from Spain had parked two vehicles in a wide spot just east of the Lady Bird Johnson Grove parking area and went on a hike, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
When they returned to their vehicles between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, they were approached by a male suspect wearing a tactical style vest with the word SWAT on the front, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. A second suspect armed with what they described as an assault-style rifle walked up on the group of tourists, who were ordered to lay on the ground as a third suspect approached from behind.
Suspect three fired four to five shots into the air in rapid succession leading the victims to believe his weapon was a fully automatic, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects ordered the tourists to empty their pockets, collected their belongings and took both of the tourists’ vehicles.
The first suspect is described as a white male adult between 30 and 40 years old, 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 9 inches in height with an overweight build, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
The second suspect not seen, only heard. According to the sheriff’s office, he used a lot of slang words and appeared younger.
The third suspect wasn’t seen or heard talking, according to the sheriff’s office.
The stolen vehicles connected with this incident are a white 1998 Ford Explorer with a California license plate 6EMC192 and a white 2001 Dodge camper van with a British Columbia plate LK7358, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
The third incident also occurred on Bald Hills Road near Pine Creek Road. Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 3:51 p.m.
The landowner reported that one of his more than 30 employees had texted him to report they were being robbed, according to a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office news release. The landowner claimed he had a permitted marijuana grow at that location, according to the sheriff’s office.
It was reported that three men wearing tactical style gear with the word SWAT came onto the property and were armed with AR-15 and AK-47 style rifles, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. All the workers were forced to lay on the ground and were ordered to remove all personal property. Their property, roughly 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several vehicles, was taken, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities described the three suspects as “Native American-looking men, all under six feet tall,” according to the sheriff’s news release. Two of the suspects referred to themselves as “Killer 1” and “Killer 2,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspects left the scene and were last seen headed eastbound on Bald Hills Road toward Hoopa.
The stolen vehicles are a 2001 Chevrolet 2500 four-door pickup with matching canopy and a California license number 6P95768 and a black 1996 Ford Explorer with a California license plate number BBT9437.
The incidents are under investigation and the sheriff’s office is asking for public’s help. If the suspects or stolen vehicles are seen, immediately call 911. The suspects in each of these incidents are considered armed and dangerous.