Wednesday, November 13, 2019

FIFTH UPDATE: Wanted Felony Warrant Suspect Arrested

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 1:10 PM

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BREAKING: Robert Cullen has been arrested, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Another man, 53-year-old Gregory Michael Benson, and 18-year-old Gabrielle Marie Jensen were also arrested following a pursuit that began just after 2 p.m. Tuesday when deputies on patrol in the Garberville area attempted a routine traffic stop on Sprowel Creek Road for a vehicle code violation.

In a release sent out before the announcement of Cullen’s arrest, the HCSO said California Highway Patrol aircraft and a Fish and Wildlife K9 Unit assisted in a ground search after all three fled on foot after colliding with a dump truck on Old Briceland Road during the pursuit.

The exact details of how and where Cullen was taken into custody was not immediately available.
FOURTH UPDATE:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that a male suspect with Robert Cullen has been apprehended but as of 5 p.m. Cullen has not. The office asks Sprowel Creek residents to keep doors and windows locked, not to pick up hitchhikers and to call 011 if Cullen is spotted.

THIRD UPDATE:

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Samantha Karges tells Redheaded Blackbelt that Old Briceland Road is open and residents can travel through the area. “Please don’t pick up any hitchhikers on the road,” she said.

SECOND UPDATE:

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reports a CHP aircraft has joined the search  for the suspects along with a K9 unit from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

UPDATE:

Wanted suspect Robert Cullen was last seen headed west-northwest on foot from 2600 block of Old Briceland Road. “Residents of area are asked to lock doors and stay inside while law enforcement activities continue,” HCSO tweets.

According to the HCSO, Cullen is believed to be “armed and dangerous.” Anyone who spots him or another male believed to be with him and wearing a green T-shirt is asked to call 911.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office warned folks around Old Briceland/Sprowel Creek roads that a pursuit was underway at 2:20 p.m. and asked people to avoid the area and “take caution.”

One woman has been detained but Robert Cullen, who has a felony warrant and evaded deputies on Sunday during a chase in which he struck multiple patrol vehicles in the Seeley Creek area, is still at large and fled on foot out of the car being pursued.

His car found in “heavy brush” after the first pursuit had “multiple firearms, ammunition and magazines, body armor, a large amount of cash, approximately 148 grams of heroin, approximately 1 pound of methamphetamine, approximately 23 pounds of cannabis packaged for sales, prescription medications and materials consistent with the sale of controlled substances.”
Facebook post from the HCSO:
HCSO deputies are currently searching for wanted felony warrant subject Robert Cullen in the area of the 2600 block of Old Briceland Road. Cullen and two others were involved in a vehicle pursuit with deputies on Sprowel Creek Road at approximately 2:20 pm today (11/12). Cullen was last seen fleeing N/NW on foot from Old Briceland Road wearing a gray sweatshirt, tan beanie, blue jeans and white shoes. Residents in the Sprowel Creek / Old Briceland Road area are being asked to lock their doors and stay inside while law enforcement is active.

Fish and Wildlife K9 team and CHP aircraft are assisting in the search.
Read the HCSO release sent out before Cullen's arrest below:
On Nov. 12, 2019, at about 2:05 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Garberville area attempted a routine traffic stop on Sprowel Creek Road for a vehicle code violation. The vehicle was also known by deputies to be associated with wanted felony warrant subject Robert Joseph Cullen.

The driver of the vehicle, 55-year-old Gregory Michael Benson, failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued on to Old Briceland Road. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle collided with a county-owned dump truck near the 2600 block of Old Briceland Road.

Following the collision, two males and one female fled from the scene on foot. The female, 18-year-old Gabrielle Marie Jensen, was quickly apprehended by deputies. During a search of Jensen’s belongings, deputies located drug paraphernalia and narcotics. Deputies initiated a ground search for the two males, one of which was confirmed to be Cullen. A California Highway Patrol aircraft and a Fish and Wildlife K9 Unit assisted in the search. During this search, deputies located Benson.

During a search of Benson’s vehicle, deputies located suspected methamphetamine and heroin. Benson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of evading a peace officer, being armed with a firearm in commission of a felony, resisting a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics.

Jensen was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of resisting a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The search for Cullen was later suspended due to nightfall. Cullen is still outstanding at this time. He is described as a white male adult, 30 years old, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Cullen was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, tan beanie, blue jeans and white shoes. If you see Cullen, do not approach him, but call 9-1-1. Anyone with information regarding Cullen’s whereabouts should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Editor's note: This story was updated to reflected information from HCSO on Cullen's last known location.
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