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Date Released: 5/13/2008
Subject: Robbery Arrests
Contact: Brenda Godsey
Case No#: 200802589
Released By: Brenda Godsey, PIO

Location: Eureka

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested two men today in connection with a home-invasion style robbery that occurred on Little Fairfield on April 30, 2008. At about 7:10 a.m. yesterday the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, with personnel from the US Marshals Service and State Parole Agents, served a search warrant at an apartment on the 100 block of W. Del Norte Street in Eureka. The Sheriff’s Office’s Special Enforcement Team made entry into the apartment. Inside the apartment, Melvin Matthews, 25 of Eureka, was taken into custody without incident and booked for a parole violation.

Further investigation led to the arrest Ray “Rafey” M. James, 35 of Willow Creek. James was already in custody, having been arrested by the Eureka Police Department on Saturday for auto theft.

Today the two men were booked for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, kidnapping, making threats with the intent to terrorize, burglary, and conspiracy. Neither man is eligible to post bail as they are both on parole and have also been booked for violation of parole. The men are expected to be arraigned on this case by Thursday.

This case stems from an April 30 incident in which three armed men broke into a residence on the 4300 block of Little Fairfield. It was reported that three suspects struck the occupants of the home multiple times. The suspects took electronic equipment, a shotgun, and marijuana from the residence. The investigation into a possible third suspect is continuing.