FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO VANDALS ARRESTED IN ARCATA
With the assistance of citizens, two vandalism suspects were arrested this week by the Arcata Police Department.
The first subject was seen vandalising several vehicles and a home in the 400 Blk of Forest Ave on Sunday May 1st at approximately 11:00 PM. The man used a paint marker to "tag" the vehicles and residence. Responding officers located a man matching the description provided by witnesses walking a short distance from the scene of the vandalism.
30 year old Eric Scott Howe, a transient from Eureka was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for felony vandalism, public intoxication and probation violations. Howe is currently on probation in Humboldt County for vandalism.
The second subject was seen vandalising several locations in the downtown area of Arcata in the early morning hours of May 3rd. The man used both spray paint and paint markers to "tag" numerous buildings and walls. A witness followed the man while providing police information as to his location. When the man was contacted by police, he fled and when apprehended he violently resisted the officers.
20 year old Nicholas James Merrill of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for vandalism and resisting arrest.