Six arrested following report of violent armed robbery in Salmon Creek area

96 pounds of untrimmed cannabis returned to owner

Six people were arrested in connection with an armed robbery in the Salmon Creek area. (HCSO — Contributed)
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The following is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 09-11-19 The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an armed robbery, involving marijuana, from the Salmon Creek area of Humboldt County. Deputies responded to the scene and met with a victim who reported he had been awaken early that morning to a shotgun being held against his face. He was told “don’t move or I will kill you”. The victim and two additional victims (who left prior to Law Enforcement arrival) were tied up using zip ties. The victims saw two, possibly four suspects, all with their faces covered. Additional zip ties were used to secure the victims feet.  The suspects then took approximately 96 pounds of hanging marijuana (untrimmed). The cannabis cultivation site was permitted through the County of Humboldt and the State.

The investigation led to the residence of a possible suspect who lived in the 3300 block of E Street in Eureka.  Deputies responded to the residence and once on scene, could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the residence.  One of possible suspects was currently on probation with a search and seizure clause. Later the possible suspect (Williams) was found to be wearing an ankle monitor. With Help from the Eureka Police POP team, a probation search was conducted at the residence, and two suspects were found trimming the stolen marijuana. It is believed that all of the 96 pounds of stolen marijuana was located at the residence. While searching the residence evidence of additional crimes were located.  The Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team was requested, and the residence was secured while a search warrant was obtained. A total of 6 subjects were located and arrested on scene. It was determined that Parker Henderson and Matthew Williams were the two suspects who committed the robbery. Henderson gave his brothers name to officers, but once he learned his brother had warrants, he gave his true name. The other suspects were arrested for warrants or fresh charges.

Arrested on scene:

  • Matthew Williams – 27 years old, Armed Robbery
  • Parker Henderson – 30 years old, Armed Robbery
  • Chad Sample – 37 years old, Felony warrant
  • Forrest Vandorn – 50 years old, Felony warrant
  • Andrea Hunsucker – 32 years old, Felon in possession of chemical agent
  • Angela Early -38 years old, Misdemeanor warrant

The cultivation site owner identified several sample bags, packaging, and untrimmed marijuana recovered at the suspects residence.  The investigating deputy was able to obtain a court order and return all recovered marijuana to the owner. This incident is under investigation and additional charges may be requested.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 707-268-2539

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