HCSO: Man goes to Eureka to buy car, gets robbed at gunpoint instead

Humboldt County sheriff's deputies are trying to identify suspects they say tricked a man into thinking he was purchasing a vehicle but instead robbed him at gunpoint Sunday in Eureka.

The male victim reportedly told the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) he went to the 5100 block of Cummings Road around 3 p.m. on Dec. 2 to buy a car. He said he met with the "seller" outside and was asked to enter the home to continue the sale. When he did, the victim said a man and woman confronted him. He said the man had a gun and the suspects stole his wallet and over $5,000 in cash before driving off with the "seller."

The sheriff's office said the suspects drove off in a grey Acura SUV with New Jersey license plates. Later that night, just before 9 p.m., deputies on patrol in Bayview found the Acura near Busey Lane and Howard Street in Eureka unoccupied. They were unable to find the suspects nearby, they said.

Deputies have identified the “seller” but are still working to identify the two other suspects.

According to the sheriff's office, the two unidentified suspects are described as:

An American Indian male, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 180-200 pounds last seen wearing blue jeans and a black sweatshirt. The suspect was last seen in possession of a short-barrel shotgun.

A white female, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, approximately 120 pounds, last seen wearing blue jeans and a black shirt.

Anyone with information should call the HCSO at 707-445-7251.

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