Detectives Arrest Two In Home Invasion Case
In a rare change of pace for local law enforcement, two men were arrested Monday morning in connection with that terrifying home invasion robbery incident on Little Fairfield in which a weed growing couple from Virgina were bound and beaten before having their grow operation burglarized.
Of course, this investigative success had almost nothing to do with the Eureka Police Department, which is currently so screwed up that one of its own officers is anonymously authoring an exposé style blog bringing light to the department's internal management issues. From what we can tell, EPD does not frequently make follow-up arrests in many of their (possibly) thousands of open cases within the city.
Indeed, it was Humboldt County Sheriff's Detectives that pulled off enough sleuthing to lead them to the apartment of Melvin Matthews on the 100 block of Del Norte St. Matthews is a 25 year old parolee who apparently burglarizes and terrorizes local residents for a living.
Further investigation led the team, which consisted of US Marshals, State Parole Agents, and local Sheriff's Deputies, to Ray "Rafey" James of Willow Creek. They didn't have to look far to find James, because he was already booked by the Eureka Police Department two days earlier for auto theft. Wait, does that mean we have to take back what we said a minute ago about the EPD's inability to make follow up arrests?
In any case, major props to local law enforcement for pulling these violent criminals off the streets and making it just a wee bit safer for honest Humboldt citizens!
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