Investigation into Old Town vandalism leads to two suspects found assaulting a city bench

Keith Daffern, left, and Travis Rose (EPD — Contributed)

The following is a press release from the Eureka Police Department:

Since the beginning of March 2019, the Eureka Police Department and Eureka Community Services Department has responded to numerous complaints of vandalism and theft of city property along the Boardwalk in Old Town. The total amount of damage and theft has been estimated to be more than $24,000.

To proactively address the on-going crime, the Community Safety Enhancement Team (CSET) conducted multiple covert operations to locate those responsible. On April 7, 2019 at about 3:00 a.m., CSET officers observed two males approach a city bench near the foot of C Street. The two began kicking, pushing and pulling the bench causing significant damage. The two were contacted and identified as Travis John Rose (34 of Eureka) and Keith Daniel Daffern (41 of Eureka).

Rose and Daffern were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Rose was taken into custody for felony vandalism and public intoxication. Daffern was taken into custody for felony vandalism, public intoxication, possessing an open container of alcohol in public and, probation violation.

If you have further information regarding this incident, contact Ranger Gagnon at 441.4060 – reference case# 19-002352.

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