On the evening of December 2, 2021, multiple fire agencies responded to a structure fire on Ukiah’s Gibson Street that left the first floor of a residence charred with minimal damage to the second story.
Investigations that evening concluded that the fire was an act of arson and 31-year-old Redwood Valley Man Travis Joseph Humphrey was arrested for the crime.
Ukiah Police Department Lieutenant Andrew Phillps told MendoFever that investigators determined Humphrey had “poured an accelerant onto his mattress and left [the residence] just prior to the fire being noticed.” When officers contacted Humphrey that evening, Lieutenant Phillips said an accelerant was found on his person.
The fire occurred at 150 Gibson Street, a two-story residence associated with a Redwood Community Services behavioral health/sober-living facility. Humphrey was a tenant at the facility, as confirmed by Lieutenant Phillips.
Humphrey has an extensive criminal record within the Mendocino County community, as documented in Ukiah Police Department logs other local periodicals.
A Northern Mendocino County arrest report published by The Willits News on January 5, 2015, indicated that Humphrey petitioned to be released from a stint at the Mendocino County Jail after the passage of Proposition 47. At that time, he was serving a 24-month sentence for petty theft involving three or more prior convictions and with the passage of Prop 47 he was “eligible for 50 percent credit.”
As per the Anderson Valley Advertiser on July 5, 2015, Humphrey reportedly “jumped onto the hood of a security patrol vehicle while the security guard was seated in the vehicle, causing over $1,000 in damage to the vehicle’s hood.”
The AVA also recounted a previous episode to the Walmart parking lot debacle in which Humphrey “walked into a shoe store, urinated on the floor, and strolled out in a new pair of boots he hadn’t paid for.”
Ukiah Police Department logs curated by MendoFever detail a litany of police encounters involving Humphrey over the last few, recent months:
- On November 7, 2021, Humphrey was arrested for public intoxication after riding a neon green bike through a store.
- On November 2, 2021, Humphrey was reportedly booked and released after alleged trespassing and probation violations.
- On September 22, 2021, Humphrey was arrested with another for public intoxication.
- On September 6, 2021, Humprey was reportedly found lying in front of a laundromat in Ukiah after reports emerged a “transient male was just kicking other male in the head.” Humphrey claimed to respond to officers he was “acting in self-defense.”
The Anderson Valley Advertiser’s coverage of Humphrey’s 2015 crimes could offer perspective on the larger context of Humphrey’s behavior: “We’ve come to a sad pass in this country when the mentally disabled are allowed, nay even encouraged, to live on the streets, menacing the vulnerable, destroying public space for everyone.”
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs indicate that Humphrey still sits behind bars facing charges of arson during a state of insurrection and arson of inhabited structures or property.