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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Sprowel Creek Pursuit

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.

BENSON 2Gregory Michael Benson Booking Photo

JENSENGabrielle Marie Jensen Booking Photo

CULLEN 2017 booking photo

Robert Joseph Cullen- STILL OUTSTANDING
Booking Photo from 2017 / Humboldt County Correctional Facility


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