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Date Released: 5/27/2008
Subject: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Contact: Brenda Godsey
Case No#: 200803236
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Trinidad

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Trinidad man early this morning after responding to a report of a fight in progress at a residence on the 100 block of Old Wagon Rd., Trinidad. The incident began last night at about 7:15 p.m. when a caller reported hearing three or four people fighting and the people fighting were yelling about a knife. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence, assisted by Trinidad Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Deputies learned that Lorenzo Jay Erickson, 39, had become involve in an argument with his girlfriend and her brother. The argument escalated and became physical. It was reported that during the altercation Erickson struck his girlfriend multiple times with rocks. At one point Erickson removed his tee-shirt and put some rocks inside of it; he struck his girlfriend several times with the tee-shirt full of rocks.

When the victim’s brother attempted to intervene, Erickson reportedly struck him with a large rock. The girlfriend retrieved a kitchen knife from the residence and cut Erickson on his arm and face. Erickson broke out the windows at the residence and the windows of his girlfriend’s vehicle. The victims said Erickson fled the scene when he heard law enforcement’s approaching sirens. The victims were treated for their injuries at a local hospital.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, Trinidad and Arcata Police Departments, and Eureka P.D.’s Canine Units assisted in the search for Erickson but were unable to locate him. At about 2:45 this morning, the Sheriff’s Office received a report that Erickson had returned to the residence. Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by the CHP and Trinidad P.D. found Erickson in the bushes about 200 yards form the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.

After being medically cleared at a local hospital for injuries he sustained during the earlier altercation, Erickson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. He was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, domestic violence, and vandalism. Erickson is also on parole and he was booked for a parole violation. He is expected to be arraigned on Thursday. He is not eligible to post bail due to his parole status.