Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man yesterday afternoon after neighbors in Blue Lake caught him during a home burglary. At about 2:45 p.m. a woman reported to the Sheriff’s Office that she saw a man enter her next-door neighbor’s residence on the 400 block of Chartin Way. The woman told the Sheriff’s Emergency Dispatchers that her son, Steven Wilson, 49, had attempted to apprehend the suspect inside the residence and was now chasing him toward Rancheria Road. The reporting neighbor added that her son, Mr. Wilson, who was in pursuit of the suspect, was armed with a handgun.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrived a few minutes later and found Mr. Wilson detaining Ryan Bush, 21 of Eureka. Further investigation revealed that Bush had forcibly entered the locked residence on Chartin Way and removed several items. There was also significant vandalism inside the residence including broken doors, light fixtures, furniture, and scratched wood floors. When Mr. Wilson confronted him, Bush fled from the house. Mr. Wilson fired a single “warning shot” and told Bush to freeze but he continued to run. Bush ran through backyards and private driveways until Mr. Wilson was able to catch and detain him near Rancheria Road.
Bush was treated at a local hospital for a laceration he sustained either during the burglary or the pursuit. He also had a previous older injury that required medical attention. Bush was then transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for burglary. His bail was set at $50,000 and he is expected to be arraigned Friday.