Friday, January 5, 2018

UPDATE: Suspect Held in Fatal Orick Stabbing

Posted By on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 10:21 AM


The stabbing victim has been identified as Vernon James Weatherford, 34.
Weatherford’s autopsy is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2018.

click to enlarge Booking photo for Loureiro - HCSO
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The sheriff’s office confirmed this morning that a suspect in the stabbing death, Ronald Joshua Loureiro, was booked into the jail yesterday on “charges of homicide related to the Orick homicide and on parole hold.” The Arcata Police Department previously identified Loureiro, 29, as a "validated gang member" after a traffic stop in December that yielded a .40 caliber handgun and an ounce of methamphetamine.


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has launched a homicide investigation after a man was stabbed to death in Orick.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 11 a.m. reporting that a 35-year-old male had been stabbed in Orick near U.S. Highway 101 and Dryden’s Road, according to a press release. Officers with the California State Parks and the California Highway Patrol responded, located the victim and began CPR but were unsuccessful.

A suspect who reportedly fled the scene of the stabbing was located and detained by a CHP officer. The incident remains under investigation and the sheriff’s office has yet to release the identity of either the suspect or victim.

This is the county's second homicide of 2018. See the full press release from the Sheriff’s Office copied below.

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