Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two men in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred in McKinleyville last evening. At about 5:15 last night deputies responded to a reported case of assault and battery at a residence on the 1600 block of Pork Chop Lane. The resident reported that he saw a vehicle pull into his driveway and two Hispanic males got out and approached the house. The resident said he recognized one of the men as an acquaintance, and opened his front door to tell them to leave. When the resident opened his front door, the two Hispanic men, later identified as Marcos Gamez and Javier Valenzuela, allegedly held the door open and then forced their way into the house.
Gamez and Valenzuela reportedly demanded money from the resident who repeatedly told them to leave. The resident attempted to call the Sheriff’s Office but the suspects took the phone from him and disassembled it. One of the suspects struck the resident in the face with a closed fist. The suspects continued to demand money but eventually left while threatening to return.
At about 5:45 PM near McMullen’s Avenue and Cottage Street in Eureka, Sheriff’s Deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the robbery. Deputies stopped the vehicle and detained the passenger, who gave deputies a false name. The man was positively identified as Marcos Gamez, arrested, and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
Shortly before 8:00 PM, follow-up investigation led deputies to the Lewis Avenue Trailer Park in Eureka. Deputies found the second suspect in the robbery, Javier Valenzuela, was arrested without incident.
Javier Valenzuela, 49 of Eureka, was booked for burglary and attempted robbery. His bail has been set at $50,000.
Marcos Gamez (who is also known as Ricardo Gamez and Mario Gamez), 28 of Eureka was booked for burglary, assault and battery, attempted robbery, obstructing a telephone line, false identification to a peace officer, and a parole violation. Gamez is not eligible for bail because he is a parole violator.