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On Jan. 16, 2021, at about 9:41 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1900 block of Patterson Road in Willow Creek for the report of an altercation resulting in false imprisonment.
Deputies arrived on scene and located the suspect, 45-year-old Tammi Jane Downs outside of the residence. Deputies also observed a trailer on the property with a metal pipe fashioned to prevent the door from opening. Upon removing the pipe, deputies made contact with the 60-year-old male victim inside.
Deputies learned that Downs and the victim had been in a verbal altercation during which Downs reportedly trapped the victim inside the trailer using the metal pipe and threatened to set the trailer on fire.
Downs was arrested without further incident and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of false imprisonment (PC 236) and criminal threats (PC 422).
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.