Thursday, March 30, 2023

Humboldt County Homicide Suspect Thought to be in Mendo Arrested in Santa Cruz While Stealing a Boat

27-year-old Austin Michael Medeiros [Mugshot provided by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office]

Last Friday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported a homicide suspect by the name of Austin Michael Medeiros was thought to be heading toward Mendocino County.

Despite multiple social media-reported sightings of Medeiros in Mendocino and Lake County, the 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday, April 10, 2022, in Santa Cruz while attempting to steal a boat.

A press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s states that Santa Cruz Police Department Officers reportedly found on his person nearly 30 grams of psychedelic mushrooms and a loaded, stolen firearm.

Medeiros is suspected of killing 28-year-old Emily Rose May Lobba in Kneeland on April 3, 2022. Law enforcement’s response to the violence resulted in a traffic pursuit that ended at the Arcata Community Forest when he footbailed. Despite hours of searching, he was not found until yesterday.

None of the charges levied at Medeiros have been tried in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Read the press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office describing his arrest in Santa Cruz

Austin Michael Medeiros, age 27, was taken into custody by the Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol on April 10, 2022, at approximately 4 p.m. for reportedly attempting to steal a boat. Medeiros was transferred into the custody of the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD). During a search of Medeiros incident to arrest, SCPD officers reportedly located a loaded stolen firearm and approximately 29.3 grams of psychedelic mushrooms in Medeiros’ possession.

Medeiros is currently being held in the Santa Cruz County Jail on fresh charges of grand theft (PC 487(A)), carrying a loaded stolen firearm (PC 25850(C)(2)) and possession/transportation of a controlled substance (HS 11391). He is pending extradition to Humboldt County on warrant charges of murder (PC 187(A)), evading a peace officer (VC 2800.2(A)), assault (PC 240), battery (PC 242) and possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377(A)). His bail has been set at $1 million.

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  1. Yeah, he passed through Mendocino county, but with a full sack of shrooms he tripped all the way to San Jose then onto Santa Cruz where the shrooms told him to hit the high seas and sail away….

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