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Date Released: 11/2/2010
Subject: Would-be Burglar Arrested After Chase
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 201007101
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: McKinleyville

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, assisted by the CHP, APD and their K9 unit, arrested an Arcata man this morning after he was caught trying to burglarize a car. At about 8:30 this morning a woman noticed a “suspicious looking” man standing around near her house on Imeson Rd. in McKinleyville. As she continued to watch him she saw him attempt to break into a nearby parked car. She alerted her husband who gave chase; he told responding deputies the suspect had run toward McKinleyville High School.

A few minutes later, residents along the east side Little Pond St. (north of the high school), reported seeing someone, identified later as Curtis Daniel Bettencourt, 20, jumping fences and running through the brush. Bettencourt was located hiding in the brush near Murray and Central Avenues but refused to comply with officers’ instruction. Arcata Police Department deployed their K9 to assist in the arrest. Bettencourt was eventually detained. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained while resisting the K9. He will be booked for attempted burglary and for the use of force, threats, or violence against an officer. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

(At the start of the investigation the Sheriff’s Office notified all three nearby schools of the police activity in the area. Approximately 20 minutes later the schools were notified that the suspect was located.)