On Thursday, May 1, at approximately 7 a.m., a parole search and Humboldt County superior court search warrant were served at the 2500 block of Garland Street, Eureka. United States marshals, United States Drug Enforcement agents, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County sheriff’s office and California State Parole conducted the search. Officers in Trinity County served a Trinity County search warrant at the same time at a parcel at Ruth Lake. Both warrants were to search for wanted attempted murder suspect Silverio Sanchez.
Officers located four adults and four children in the residence on Garland Street and had them exit the residence. The officers interviewed the occupants and learned Sanchez was hiding inside the residence in the attic. The officers attempted to call Sanchez out of the attic, but he refused their commands. A United States Drug Enforcement apprehension canine was sent into the attic. The dog was able to locate and apprehend Sanchez, who received minor bites to his feet. Officers were then able to take him into custody without further incident.
While searching the residence officers located a handgun, rifle and handgun ammunition, high capacity magazines and approximately three pounds of processed marijuana.
Ronald Sanchez Jr., age 26, who is Silverio Sanchez’s brother and on active parole, was arrested for a violation of parole and is being held without bail. Additional charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felon being in possession of ammunition and harboring a fugitive are being sought against Ronald Sanchez Jr.
Officers from Trinity County sheriff’s office, U.S.M.S., California Fish and Wildlife, United States Forest Service, and a CHP helicopter served the search warrant at the Ruth Lake parcel. Located on the parcel were several travel trailers and storage containers.
The warrant authorized a search for Silverio Sanchez, weapons and stolen property. During the service of the search warrant officers located two of Sanchez’s relatives on the property, along with an assault rifle and ammunition.
One of the Trinity County deputies was assaulted by Damen Carlson, age 19, who was present at the property. He was arrested for assaulting a police officer.
"Today’s capture of Silverio Sanchez is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all involved and the cooperation of several agencies," said Don O’Keefe United States marshal for the Northern District of California.
On Thursday, May 1, after Silverio Sanchez was taken into custody a sheriff’s office Investigator requested and obtained a bail enhancement for Sanchez based upon the totality of his crime and risk to community safety. A Humboldt County Superior Court Judge agreed with the request for bail enhancement and raised it to 5 million dollars for the assault against the USFS Officer. Sanchez’s total bail is now set at $5,410,000. As of Friday, May 2, he remained in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility.
The following agencies were involved with the apprehension of Silverio Sanchez: US Marshals Service, Humboldt County Sheriff Department, US Forest Service, Trinity County Sheriff Department, US Drug Enforcement Administration, Eureka Police Department, California Fish and Wildlife, California Highway Patrol, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Arcata Police Department, Fortuna Police Department and California State Parole.