Homicide investigation continues; one arrest made

Mad River Union

ARCATA – A 38-year-old Arcata man was killed Saturday night, May 9 during a home invasion robbery. This is the sixth homicide this year in Humboldt County.

The victim’s name had not been released as the Union went to press late Monday. A suspect in the robbery, Kimberly Lyn Steele, 28, of Samoa, was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of robbery. Additional suspects are being investigated.

Kimberly Lyn Steele. Photo from her Facebook page

Kimberly Lyn Steele. Photo from her Facebook page

At about 11:12 p.m., Arcata Police received a 911 call reporting a shooting that had just occurred in the 2000 block of Eastern Avenue, located in the Sunset Avenue area neighborhood north of Shay Park.

Arcata Police officers responded to the residence along with officers from the Humboldt State University Police Department. Upon the officers’ arrival they discovered a 38-year-old victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound in the left shoulder. The victim was unconscious and life-saving efforts were administered. The victim was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Further investigation revealed that a marijuana-related home invasion robbery had occurred and the victim was shot by the intruders.

The suspects are described as two white male adults, possibly in their 20s, wearing dark clothing. The other suspect, Steele, was taken from her home in Samoa for questioning Sunday, then arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said Monday that Steele’s involvement in the robbery is still being investigated.

As for the other two suspects, Chapman said “we have viable leads that we’re following.”

The residence on Eastern Avenue was not a grow house, but “It’s clear to us this is a drug ripoff scenario,” Chapman said.

“There was some kind of relationship between these people,” Chapman said.

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