McKinleyville burglary suspect flees after woman wakes up to find him in her house, sheriff’s office says


A burglary suspect was arrested Sunday after a woman woke up to find him in her McKinleyville home, law enforcement said.

Gregory Louis Williams Jr., 35, was arrested and booked on charges of burlgary and stolen property after fleeing the property early Sunday morning. Sheriff’s deputies found him riding a bicycle down School Road shortly after responding to the woman’s house on the 1500 block of Anderson Avenue.

Williams is suspected of stealing electronics and jewelry from the woman’s home. Deputies also found him in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said.

Williams was on probation at the time of his arrest.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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Original Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release:

On Feb 16, 2020, at about 4:20 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1500 block of Anderson Avenue in McKinleyville for the report of a burglary in progress.

The victim told dispatchers that she woke up to find an unknown male subject in her home. When confronted, the suspect fled. The victim was able to provide a suspect description and identified items missing from the home.


While responding to the residence, deputies located a male subject matching the suspect’s description riding a bicycle on School Road. The subject, 35-year-old Gregory Louis Williams Jr., was found to be on probation with a search clause. During a search of Williams Jr. and an associated bag, deputies located drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Deputies also located electronics and jewelry that had been stolen from the home.

Williams Jr. was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of burglary (PC 459), possession of stolen property (PC 496(a)), possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377(a)), possession of drug paraphernalia (HS 11364(a)) and violation of probation (PC 1203.2(a)(2)).

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


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