Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
ORICK – On Thursday, April 28, at about 10:45 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Hufford Road in Orick for a possible arson.
Upon arrival, deputies met with a 43-year-old female victim. The victim
stated that 38-year-old Erin Renee Jones-Martin attempted to set her trailer on fire. Deputies observed a pile of charred garbage and smoke damage under the front part of the trailer.
Deputies searched the area for Jones-Martin and located her in the area of Dryden’s Road. Jones-Martin was with her boyfriend, 42-year-old William Arthur Basteyns. Jones-Martin had evidence connected to starting the fire at the trailer, and had multiple visible injuries consistent with domestic violence.
Jones–Martin told deputies she thought Basteyns was cheating on her with the victim. Jones-Martin further alleged Basteyns assaulted her and forced her into a vehicle and ordered her to take him to his property he thought Jones-Martin had removed from their shared residence.
Basteyns and Jones-Martin were arrested and taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Basteyns was booked on suspicion of domestic violence and false imprisonment. His bail was set at $50,000. Jones-Martin was booked on suspicion of arson to an inhabited structure. Her bail was set at $250,000.