Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Suspects Arrested in Arcata Stabbing Death

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the Nov. 25 stabbing death of Douglas Anderson-Jordet in Arcata last night.

24-year-old Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau, 28-year-old Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber, and 35-year-old Juan Joseph Ferrer — all Arcata residents — were arrested without incident, according to an Arcata Police Department press release.

APD Chief Tom Chapman told the Journal this afternoon that he believes a street altercation between the suspects and victim and led to a fight and the single stab to the heart that killed Anderson-Jordet. He was found unresponsive by Arcata Police around 1:25 a.m. at the intersection of 12th and H streets.

Chapman said a citizen tip clued investigators into yelling and a fight around the time of the homicide. Video surveillance footage from a nearby store showed the victim walking on H Street, followed by the three suspects, Chapman said, though it did not show the stabbing. The suspects were IDed from the video and brought in for questioning before being arrested yesterday.

Chapman said police are looking into whether the suspects had previously known or been in contact with the victim, but he believes the incident was a "chance encounter."

"We don’t with any certainty know who initiated what," Chapman said.

The victim, Anderson-Jordet, was the kitchen manager at Abruzzi and one suspect, Stoiber, belonged to the local band Komatose, according to LOCO.

The APD press release:

"Last night, detectives from the Arcata Police Department arrested three people in connection with the November 25 stabbing death of Douglas Anderson-Jordet," said Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman. 24-year-old Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau of Arcata, 28-year-old Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber of Arcata, and 35-year-old Juan Joseph Ferrer of Arcata were taken into custody without incident. All three were booked into the Humboldt County Jail on charges of Homicide.

On November 25, 2013, at approximately 1:25am, the APD responded to the report of a man down at the intersection of 12th and H Streets. 50-year-old Douglas Anderson-Jordet of Arcata, was found unresponsive and was transported to the Mad River Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy performed on November 30, showed Anderson-Jordet had died from a single stab wound to his heart.

"Our preliminary investigation indicates the three suspects encountered Mr. Anderson-Jordet shortly before he was stabbed. It appears Mr. Anderson-Jordet was beaten and then stabbed by his attackers," according to Chief Chapman. "We are continuing the investigation and are still asking for help from the public," said Chapman.

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