UPDATED: McKinleyville Schools Locked Down During Search for Potentially Armed Man
On September 19th at approximately 4:00 p.m. deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office were contacted by a concerned citizen who told them they located a backpack near the corner or Central Avenue and Babler Road, McKinleyville. The backpack matched the description of the one Scoggins was seen wearing as reported by his mother. Inside the backpack were bolt cutters, a machete and other miscellaneous items. However there was no firearm. Deputies went to the area where the citizen located the backpack and searched it. They located the firearm covered in some leaves behind a property in the 2300 block of Central Avenue McKinleyville. A check of the serial number confirmed it was the one reported stolen by Scoggins mother. Scoggins was booked on grand theft of a firearm, besides the arrest warrant.
On September 19th at approximately 1:30 p.m. a woman walked into the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office McKinleyville Station and reported her son just stole her snub nosed .38 caliber revolver and just walked into the McKinleyville Safeway with it in a back pack. She told the sheriff clerk at the station she was unclear what he intended to do with the firearm. She reported his name was Roy Lynn Scoggins III,
22 years old and said he was dressed all in black, including a black hat. Deputies and California Highway Patrol (C.H.P.) Officers immediately responded to the McKinleyville Safeway to look for Scoggins. A warrant check on Scoggins revealed he was wanted on a felony warrant for manufacturing a deadly weapon. While deputies were searching the store for Scoggins his mother reported she just spoke with Scoggins on his cell phone and he told her he was walking by Ace Hardware on Central Avenue, McKinleyville. Deputies knew if that was true he was heading in the direction of McKinleyville Middle School. The Middle School was notified by the Sheriff’s Office that a man reported to be carrying a gun in a backpack was walking towards their school. The school initiated a lockdown as a precaution.
Additional deputies and C.H.P. responded to the area and looked for Scoggins, but were unable to locate him. At approximately 1:45 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office learned Scoggins may be enroute to a relative’s home in the Ocean West Mobile Home Park, Murray Road, McKinleyville. Due to Morris
Elementary School and McKinleyville High School possibly being on Scoggins route, they were notified as a precaution by the Sheriff’s Office. Both schools chose to initiate a lockdown of their facilities as a precaution.
A relative of Scoggins provided his cell phone number to the Sheriff’s Office. A dispatcher was able to contact Scoggins and spoke with him. Scoggins told the dispatcher it was a misunderstanding and he agreed to surrender to the Sheriff’s Office. While walking to the Sheriff’s Office McKinleyville Station Scoggins was located by a California Highway Patrol officer on Central Avenue near Railroad Avenue and was taken into custody without incident. Scoggins denied stealing his mother’s firearm and no firearm was located in his possession. Scoggins was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the felony warrant. His bail was set at $10,000.00.
At the request of the three schools deputies and C.H.P Officers stood by at the schools as they were released to calm fears, even though Scoggins was in custody.
Scoggins was previously arrested after being connected to a McKinleyville robbery attempt:
From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office: On July 28 at 4:45 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted robbery of the Freeway 76 Gas Station at 1021 Murray Road in McKinleyville.
When deputies arrived at the gas station they met with the clerk who told the deputies he was in the refrigerator area when he heard the alarm bell which notifies him someone enters the store.
The clerk saw a male dressed in a grey wig wearing a mask, sun glasses and a tan cape with big boots come to the counter. The suspect put a bag on the counter and was tapping the counter with a metallic object that was covered. The clerk believed the suspect was indicating he wanted the bag filled up with money.
The clerk asked the male suspect of he was serious or joking. The male did not speak, however he kept indicating he wanted the bag filled with money. The clerk refused to fill the bag and the suspect walked away towards Murray Road.
Deputies checked the area and found the disguise hidden in the bushes of near the Hammond Trail by Murray Road, McKinleyville.
They also located a male hiding in the bushes nearby. The male told the deputies he saw their spotlight and got scared, so he hid in the bushes. He identified himself as Roy Lynn Scoggins, 22-years old from Myers Flat.
Scoggins denied attempting to rob the store. Deputies located brass knuckles in Scoggins possession. The clerk could not identify Scoggins as the suspect.
Mr. Scoggins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of an illegal weapon. His bail was set at $50,000.