Apr 29, 2017

HCSO looking for Robert Stepp Jr as a suspect in an attempted homicide

On Saturday morning 4-29-2017 at around 01:28 AM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a report of a male beating another male with a hammer at 725 Cedar Street in Garberville. The reporting party told dispatch the suspect was Robert Stepp Jr. 

Officers from the California Highway Patrol were the first to arrive where Stepp fled into the wooded area. C.H.P. Officers contacted the victim who was transported to Gerald Phelps Hospital in Garberville for extensive injuries to his head and arm from a blunt object. Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, he was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Several H.C.S.O. units responded to the scene to look for Stepp, and investigate the incident. Stepp was not located, and is currently being sought for attempted homicide.


On Saturday evening 4-29-2017 at around 7 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a phone call from a citizen stating he had been contacted by a female who told him that Robert Stepp was hiding inside her mother’s apartment at 725 Cedar Street in Garberville. The citizen called the H.C.S.O. back, stating he had just been to the apartment and saw Stepp inside with a hammer. Deputies from the H.C.S.O. and Officers from the C.H.P. responded to the apartment and set up a perimeter where they began a callout for Stepp. Stepp came outside and surrendered without incident. Stepp was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for attempted homicide

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