On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs were conducting follow up on several burglaries in the Hoopa and Willow Creek areas. Deputies were following leads which led them to a gray 4-door Dodge Intrepid. Deputies located the vehicle on HWY 96, near Hostler Field Housing in Hoopa. The vehicle was occupied by 23 year old Roman Jay Price. When Price exited the vehicle a loaded short barreled 12 gauge shotgun was on the driver seat. Price is on felony probation with a search clause. Deputies searched the vehicle and Price. Stolen property from two recent burglaries in the Willow Creek and Hoopa area was located in the vehicle, along with a small amount of marijuana. The stolen property was returned to the owners.
Price was arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, violation of probation, and possession of marijuana. His bail was set at $50,000.
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.