Two arrested after neighbor reports burglary in progress

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EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) – Two people are behind bars after reported burglary in progress to police and have been identified as 18-year-old Thomas Cookman and 21-year-old Tyler Lemmons, according to Eureka Police.

Both men were taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, and charged for conspiracy, burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, and obstructing an officer. Based on their probation status, they are not eligible for bail.

It all started at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday night on the 21-hundred block of Spring Street in Eureka – and lasted more than 4 hours.

According to the Eureka Police Department – the reporting party told police he saw two people enter into his neighbor’s house – who he knew weren’t home at the time.

Once officers arrived on scene -they discovered what appeared to be evidence of forced entry – which prompted police to secure a perimeter around the house.

That’s when an officer observed a man inside the home – with what appeared to be a long-gun.

EPD’s Captain Patrick O’Neill was on-scene.

“As that was taking place officers continued to set-up the perimeter,” he said.  “Two subjects fled out of the residence and quickly detained by officers. One of the individuals was armed with a hand-gun.

O’Neill says, they had received information that there might have been two or three more people inside the home, based on that information, a SWAT team was called to the scene.

“Eventually with the use of a distraction device the SWAT team ultimately made entry into the residence cleared it and found no other subjects on scene,” he said.   

The incident remains under investigation – anyone with information is asked to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.