On Saturday, May 28, 2016, at about 2 p.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to Shop Smart in Redway for a report of a robbery that just occurred. Upon arrival, deputies met with the victim, (a store clerk), who told deputies a suspect attempted to walk out of the store with a sandwich. When the victim tried to stop him, the suspect brandished a pocket knife at the victim and walked out of the store. The victim described the suspect as a white male adult, wearing dark shorts, a dark jacket, and recognized him as a person he knew as “Jeremy.”
Deputies searched the area and located a subject matching Jeremy’s description. The subject was positively identified as 32 year old transient Jeremiah Gene Branscum. It was determined Branscum was responsible for the robbery, and had consumed the stolen sandwich.
Branscum was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for robbery, exhibiting a deadly weapon, and violation of probation. His bail was set at $50,000.