Gunplay, Threats Near Weitchpec Elementary School

George Richard Robbins III

George Richard Robbins III

HCSO Press Release

On 05-27-2014 at about 3:15 pm the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Yurok Tribal Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to several gun shots being heard near the Jack Norton Elementary School off McKinnon Hill Road, Weitchpec. The Elementary school went into lockdown as a safety measure for their students. No students were injured by the gun fire near the school.

While on scene officers learned that a suspect, who was identified as George Richard Robbins III was the person responsible for discharging a rifle in the air near the school.  Officers at this time were unable to determine if Robbins was shooting at the school.

Officers located an adult male victim, who lives approximately 200 yards away from the Elementary school, who said that Robbins came onto his property holding a rifle and a handgun. The victim told the officers that Robbins fired a gun at his dogs. The dogs were not injured. The victim said that the suspect then pointed the rifle at him and said, I’m going to kill you. The victim said he turned around and walked away from the suspect.

Robbins was last seen on foot leaving the victim’s property. At this time Law Enforcement does not know why Robbins was firing him weapon at the victim’s dogs or why he pointed his rifle at the victim. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate Robbins.

Robbins is described as a male, 47 year old, Native American, 5’-6” in height, 185 pounds, brown hair with hazel eyes. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert to other law enforcement agencies to arrest Robbins for discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, terrorist threats and assault with a deadly weapon.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office considers Robbins armed and dangerous and are advising the public to contact law enforcement immediately if they see Robbins or know of his location.

If anyone has information on witnessed this incident they are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251.



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