DA Charging Ferrer With Murder, Others With Assault

Juan Joseph Ferrer

Juan Joseph Ferrer (Facebook photo)

Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union

HUMBOLDT –  Juan Joseph Ferrer, 35, is being charged with second-degree murder with a knife in connection with the stabbing death of Douglas Anderson-Jordet on Monday, Nov. 25.

Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau, 24, Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber, 28, are being charged with assault with force likely to cause bodily injury.

All three will be arraigned this afternoon.

On forwarding charges to the DA’s Office, Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman had said that all three suspects could, in principle, have been charged with homicide under the state’s felony murder rule.

“While only one of the three did the stabbing, when all three act in concert, they’re equally culpable,” Chapman said.

Assistant District Attorney Kelly Neel said the assault charges against Rocheleau and Stoiber could be upgraded to homicide pending further investigation.

“There’s not enough evidence to suggest that they knew about the knife,” Neel said. “If they do, that could change.”

Chapman said APD has recovered a knife, but hasn’t verified that it is the weapon used in the stabbing. The knife has been sent to the Department of Justice for forensic testing.

Contrary to published reports, Rocheleau and Stoiber didn’t turn themselves in. “That’s a bit of a stretch," Chapman said.

The two had been contacted at their residences, and consented to return with officers to the APD station for interviews. What they told detectives led to their arrest, according to Chapman.

“A decision was made that there was sufficient evidence to make an arrest,” he said.
Ferrer was then located at his residence and arrested.

As to what caused the fatal encounter, Chapman characterized it as “ridiculous stuff.”

“It appears that words were exchanged and a fight ensued,” he said. “There was a fistfight, then a knife was used.”

Though charges have been filed, APD is continuing to investigate the incident. Statements are being corroborated and search warrants have been served, though Chapman wouldn’t say where, and evidence collected at those locations is being analyzed.

“We’re trying to tie up loose ends and make sure all the evidence is wrapped up,” he said.

The DA's complaint:



THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA,Plaintiffvs.Juan Joseph Ferrer ,aka Joey Ferrer,Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau ,Nicholas Benjamin StoiberDefendant )))))))))))))) COURT CASE NOFELONY COMPLAINTDA CASE NO  2013-00-0009989


The undersigned is informed and believes that:


On or about November 25, 2013, in the above named judicial district, the crime of MURDER, in violation of Penal Code SECTION 187(a), a felony, was committed by Juan Joseph Ferrer, who did unlawfully, and with malice aforethought murder Douglas Allen AndersonJordet, a human being.

"NOTICE:  The above offense is a serious felony within the meaning of Penal Code section 1192.7(c) and a violent felony within the meaning of Penal Code section 667.5(c)."


It is further alleged that in the commission and attempted commission of the above offense, the said defendants, Juan Joseph Ferrer, personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, to wit: knife, said use not being an element of the above offense, within the meaning of Penal Code Section 12022(b)(1) and causing the above offense to be a serious felony within the meaning of Penal Code section 1192.7(c)(23).


On or about November 25, 2013, in the above named judicial district, the crime of ASSAULT BY MEANS LIKELY TO PRODUCE GREAT BODILY INJURY, in violation of Penal Code SECTION 245(a)(4), a felony, was committed by Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau and Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber, who did willfully and unlawfully commit an assault on Douglas Allen AndersonJordet by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.


Pursuant to Penal Code Sections 1054.3 and 1054.4(b), the People of the State of California are informally requesting the following desired materials and information:

The names and address of persons, other than the defendant, you intend to call as witnesses at trial, together with any relevant written or recorded statements of those persons, or reports of the statements of experts made in connection with the case, and including the results of physical or mental examinations, scientific tests, experiments or comparisons which the defendant intends to offer in evidence at the trial;

Any real evidence which the defendant intends to offer in evidence at the trial.


The materials accompanying this notice may include information about witnesses.  If so, these materials are disclosed to you pursuant to Penal Code section 1054.2 which provides:  "No attorney may disclose or permit to be disclosed to a defendant the address or telephone number of a victim or witness whose name is disclosed to the attorney pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1054.1 unless specifically permitted to do so by the court after a hearing and a showing of good cause."


Executed at Eureka, California, on December 6, 2013.

Kelly Neel


2013-00-0009989Juan Joseph Ferrer: 128634IDs: 000425197 / B7326291          CA /  / M97895660Incident: 13-4065 / 1300010403Charges: 01: PC187(a) [ABCIIRO/U001]X: PC182(a)(1) [ABCIIRN/U002]Sophie Buttercup Rocheleau: 432291IDs: 000503522 / E2493617          CA /  / A34013348Incident: 13-4065 / 1300010396Charges: 02: PC245(a)(4) [ABCIIRT/AIRT]X: PC182(a)(1) [ABCIIRP/U002]X: PC187(a) [ABCIIRQ/U001] 

Nicholas Benjamin Stoiber: 432292

IDs: 000503523 / D3037737          CA / 190911VC5 / A28877567

Incident: 13-4065 / 1300010397

Charges: 02: PC245(a)(4) [ABCIIRU/AIRU]

X: PC182(a)(1) [ABCIIRR/U002]

X: PC187(a) [ABCIIRS/U001]





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  2. ManoEmano said:

    Right. 3 people stomp a guy and the biggest one feels so threatened he stabs the one guy to death.

  3. Jami Amerado said:

    could it had been self defense hum let sall look in our crystal ball.

  4. guest said:

    Wolves dress in sheep clothing… I was friends with a guy who I recognized was turning in to a complete DB. I stopped hanging out with said DB and three years later he killed someone. Never would have thought that would happen but it did. Shortly after high school, a fellow trouble-maker, that I knew in junior high decided to do death by cop before it was in fashion.
    If there’s one thing people of capable of, I would say not living up to the expectations of others or being full of surprises is high on that list.
    Sorry, people, your “friends” are mostly likely guilty pieces of shit. Doesn’t mean you are!

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  6. disqus_ps5xGCyX1N said:

    yeah ignore the facts and talk shit, good for you.

  7. disqus_ps5xGCyX1N said:

    You fucking retard, Joey was impulsive enough to do something like this, everyone always knew that, but Nick was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’ve seen him in violent situations before and he was always the one to calm this down and disfuse tension when the rest of us were being violent, bloodthirsty pricks. Don’t talk shit if you don’t know shit.

  8. crimsondego said:

    “What they told detectives led to their arrest, according to Chapman.”
    Believe it. sad horrible and true. A ton of denial going on in the community- so many people saying “no way” ” i know them so well and they could never do that!” Maybe all of those people are just really bad judges of character, or unable to see the behaviors that would elicit a diagnosis of potential to be involved in such a horrible incident.
    Denial , not just a river in Egypt, also a natural psychological response to overwhelmingly unpleasant news/events.

  9. ManoEmano said:

    A man is dead and three (3) people in our community are suspect. Do you think he stabbed himself?

  10. ManoEmano said:

    A man in our community is dead. He was in an interaction with there (3) Arcata individuals. Do you think he stabbed himself to death?

  11. Alexander Spoon said:

    I cannot believe this one bit. Joey is a passionate punk rocker but NOT a criminal. Sophie is the sweetest soft spoken girl. I dont know nick but i hear good things as far as character. Dont judge too fast, this doesnt add up to me.

  12. Iamnot Thatsmart said:

    You should have photoshoped the gun off his shirt and the skull off his glove so you didn’t offend his friends.

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