On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at about 1200 hours, the two week crime spree, perpetrated by the mysterious cowboy hat wearing subject claiming to be an FBI Agent, has finally came to an end. James Martin Pawlyk, age 50, was taken into custody with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Arcata Police Department (APD), and the Eureka Police Department (EPD), after another full day of causing havoc across the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Eureka. CHP observed Pawlyk’s vehicle traveling Northbound Highway 101 and conducted a traffic stop at the KOA. Pawlyk was detained by CHP until the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) arrived and took custody of him.
Pawlyk was arrested by the HCSO for attempting to run over Walgreens employees with his vehicle earlier in the day. EPD also arrested Pawlyk, on two fresh felony vandalism cases that occurred after the Walgreens incident. Pawlyk is also the suspect in two additional EPD brandishing cases, and probably five or more HCSO cases of similar nature. Additional criminal charges will likely be filed against Pawlyk after further investigation is conducted.
Pawlyk was later booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF). The HCSO booked Pawlyk for assault with a deadly weapon, along with EPD’s felony vandalism charges. Pawlyk’s bail was set at $75,000
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.