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Suspect arrested for Blue Lake burglary
BLUE LAKE- A burglary suspect has been arrested after fleeing from an armed neighbor and a Humboldt County Sheriff's deputy.
Around 10 a.m. Wednesday a neighbor care taking for a home interrupted a burglary on the 100 block of Hatchery road. The neighbor was armed amd confronted the suspect who fled.
Richard Scott Hall was identified as the burglar by deputies. He allegedly forced his way inside the home and the barn, leaving behind a half pound of marijuana and fishing gear.
At 3:30 p.m. the investigating deputy spotted Hall in town. After attempting to call Hall, the deputy displayed a taser to get him to comply, but Hall fled saying he "wasn't going to go to jail".
A local be on-the lookout was issued. Hall was arrested Thursday after 10 a.m. in Blue Lake. He is being held on $85,000.
The following is from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:
On Wednesday, at approximately 10:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an interrupted burglary in the 100 block of Hatchery Road, Blue Lake. The citizen told the dispatcher he was care taking a neighbor’s property when he located a man, later identified as Richard Scott Hall, inside the residence. The citizen was armed with a handgun and confronted Hall who immediately fled. The citizen chased Hall down to the Mad River levy where Hall fled on foot eastbound.
Deputies responded and checked the area for Hall with no success. The investigating deputy met with the citizen and learned Hall had forcibly entered the residence and barn on the property. The citizen told the deputy it appeared some tools were missing from the barn. The citizen also told the deputy the Hall left approximately a half pound of marijuana bud and fishing gear on the porch that did not belong to the property owner.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the investigating deputy spotted Hall getting into the passenger side a truck on Maple Creek Road near Blue Lake Boulevard. Hall matched the description of the burglary suspect and the deputy had contacted Hall in the past. Hall also had two outstanding arrest warrants for driving on a suspended license. The deputy drove up to the truck and ordered Hall to walk towards the deputy. Hall became argumentative and came at the deputy aggressively. The deputy displayed a Taser and ordered Hall to comply with the deputies commands. Hall told the deputy he was not going to jail and fled down an embankment.
A local-on-the-lookout was issued for Hall who was wanted for burglary, besides the arrest warrants.
On Thursday, at approximately 10:15 a.m., the same citizen who reported the burglary spotted Hall walking on I street, Blue Lake. Deputies and a California Highway Patrol Officer responded and located Hall near a Bus Stop. Hall initially argued and refused to comply with the deputies demands. Hall eventually submitted to arrest and was taken into custody.
Hall was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked. His bail is set at $85,000.00.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.