Walkaway inmate back in jail after police dig through Q Street home

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A county inmate has been caught after two weeks on the run.


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said James F. Cain walked away from his work assignment at a Eureka lumberyard on September 10th.


Eureka police responded to a home in the 200 block of Q Street late Monday afternoon after they received a tip he was in the area staying at the back unit being occupied by his mother. Officers were able to get everyone out from inside the unit before searching inside for Cain. They say there was about two feet of trash including hypodermic syringes piled up inside, and that Cain was burrowing through it to get away.


Officers were able to get him into custody after about a half hour of negotiations. He was booked on four felony warrants and fresh charges after they found methamphetamine on his person while booking him into jail.


Eureka Police and city officials were back out at the home on Tuesday, looking at the house for nuisance abatement because of the amount of trash they were faced with to find James Cain.