On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at about 5 p.m., Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs responded to the 4600 block of Union St, Eureka, for an assault and burglary report. Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the 38 year old male victim who had visible injuries. The victim stated he arrived home and suspect, 40 year old Aaron Ray Waggoner, “pistol whipped” him. Waggoner then fled in a green Chevy pickup. The victim told deputies he saw some of his belongings in the bed of the truck. The victim declined medical attention for his injuries.
The Eureka Police Department later located the vehicle behind the Carter House Inn in Eureka. Deputies responded and the truck was unoccupied. Deputies searched the area. Waggoner was spotted by deputies and fled on foot into the nearby greenbelt. Deputies and EPD Officers surrounded the area. An EPD K-9 unit located the suspect in the brush. Waggoner struggled with deputies and was uncooperative. Deputies were eventually able to detained Waggoner in handcuffs.
Waggoner was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for burglary, assault with a firearm, and resisting arrest. His bail has been set at $100,000. The stolen items were recovered.
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.