HCSO: Mother held at gunpoint, choked in front of child during attempted robbery in Samoa


The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men who reportedly held a woman at gunpoint and choked her during an attempted robbery with her small child present Wednesday in Samoa.

On Feb. 6 at about 5:05 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the north parking lot at Samoa Beach after getting a call for help from a mother who told them she had just been held at gunpoint and choked during an attempted carjacking at Samoa Beach.

According to the sheriff's office, the victim told deputies she and her small child had just parked at the beach, when she saw two men walking around, so she decided to stay in her car until they were gone. They left, but soon came back in a car, officials said. The woman reportedly didn't notice, and was getting out of her car with her child, when the suspects approached her.

One of the men held up a gun and demanded she hand over her car keys, the sheriff's office reported. The mother refused and the man began to choke her, according to the HCSO. Another car then pulled into the parking lot and the suspect ran back into his car, fleeing northbound on New Navy Base Road.

When the suspects were gone, the victim called for help. Deputies conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to find the suspects.

The community is asked to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle and two suspects. The suspect vehicle is described as an older, small square-body four door SUV with faded and peeling maroon paint, heavily-tinted windows with peeling tint and a white graphic decal on its rear quarter panels.

Both suspects are described as white men between 17 and 21 years old, and both are between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, according to the HCSO. One suspect is around 150 pounds, with short, dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a red pullover hooded sweatshirt, black pants, a dark camouflage full-face mask and black gloves.

The second suspect is around 175 pounds, with short brown hair, and he was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white design on its lower front and white trim around the hood.

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

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