Monday, September 21, 2020

Man Arrested in Fatal Arcata Stabbing

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM

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A 34-year-old Arcata man was arrested on suspicion of homicide last night after he reportedly stabbed his brother at a residence on the 1800 block of 11th Street before barricading himself inside when police arrived at the scene.

According to the Arcata Police Department, responding officers found a 39-year-old man with a life-threatening stab wound and conducted “a victim rescue by extracting him from the residence.”

He was taken to Mad River Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Crisis negotiators arrived at the scene and Jacob Eli Steichen surrendered without further incident after about an hour, according to a news release.

The APD states the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the department.

Read the APD release below:
On Sunday September 20, 2020, at approximately 7:19 pm, the Arcata Police Department responded to a residence in the 1800 block of 11th Street for a stabbing that had just occurred between two siblings. Upon their arrival, officers located a 39-year-old male inside the residence with life threatening stab wounds and the suspect barricaded inside. Officers initiated life saving measures and conducted a victim rescue by extracting him from the residence and began negotiations with the barricaded suspect. Other residents assisted officers with CPR until Arcata Mad River Ambulance (AMRA) staff arrived and took over lifesaving efforts.

The victim, whose name will be withheld pending notification of next of kin, was transported to Mad River Community Hospital (MRCH) where he was pronounced deceased. Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Crisis Negotiators responded to assist and after approximately one hour, the suspect surrendered without further incident.

The suspect, 34-year-old Jacob Eli Steichen, was booked and lodged at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on homicide charges. The Arcata Police Department thanks the Humboldt State University Police Department, DHHS and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for their assistance, as well as MRCH and AMRA. This is an on-going investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department's Investigations Division.
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