Assault Rifles, Heroin and $8,700 Discovered by EPD After High Speed Chase

Posted by Andrew Goff on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM


Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

On 8/22/12, at about 12:25 AM, a Eureka Police Department Officer on patrol attempted to contact a subject known to him, Robert Ray Wildman (age 31), in the parking lot of Winco Foods.  Wildman was on active CDC parole for burglary.  He was also a heavily tattooed, documented member of a local criminal street gang.

Wildman fled in a vehicle (a gray 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee) and an approximately 41 minute/36 mile pursuit ensued which ended in the Trinidad area.  The pursuit reached speeds up to approximately 70 MPH on the highway.  At about 12:58 AM, an EPD officer successfully deployed a spike strip at Highway 101 and Murray Road which disabled Wildman’s car. Wildman’s vehicle eventually lost its front right tire causing it to ride on its rim.  The pursuit ended on Highway 101 around mile marker 99.43 when Wildman’s Jeep was no longer able to continue driving.

Wildman was taken into custody at gunpoint.  During a subsequent search of his vehicle, officers located a Norinco SKS assault rifle, approximately 20 grams of suspected tar heroin, and nearly $8,700.00 cash.  During the pursuit, officers also saw Wildman throw another firearm out of his vehicle.  This occurred around the first span of the Samoa Bridge.  The weapon, a SWD Industries “M-11 Nine” 9mm auto pistol, bounced off the railing and was recovered by officers. However, its detachable magazine fell into the bay.  A single 9mm bullet was recovered with the M-11 leading officers to believe it may have been loaded.  (The M-11 is a compact, high capacity, rapid fire weapon similar in appearance to a “Mac-10” or “Uzi”).
Wildman was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for multiple felony offenses including:

    •    Unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
    •    Possession of an assault weapon
    •    Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person
    •    Reckless evading of a peace officer
    •    Possession of a controlled substance
    •    Parole violation


Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11 How low can you go in 7 yrs?

Posted by Shame on you on 08/22/2012 at 1:02 PM

Gee, as a student he was using/selling hash and pot and has now graduated to heroin. He shows real initiative, HumCo style.

Posted by Not A Native on 08/22/2012 at 1:48 PM

He's invisible when he stands in front of a pile of type specimens.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 08/22/2012 at 1:49 PM

We natives don't roll that way! Bad apples are everywhere.

Posted by Rosetta on 08/22/2012 at 3:26 PM

What's the old west term for nutjob outlaws like this when brought to justice, "Killin's too good for 'em"?

Posted by throw away the key on 08/22/2012 at 4:46 PM


Posted by Sean on 08/23/2012 at 11:33 AM

America's love-affair with the death penalty continues.

Posted by Yellow Journalism on 08/23/2012 at 12:09 PM

Thanks for the link, YJ, but I don't think that people like Sean would understand George Carlin's droll rhetoric.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 08/23/2012 at 12:33 PM

"Droll Rhetoric" never filled Madison Square Garden night after night.

Posted by Yellow Journalism on 08/26/2012 at 12:51 AM

George Carlin's droll rhetoric would have filled Madison Square Garden for a month.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 08/26/2012 at 12:26 PM

this was august 2012??and yet about a week ago/jan 2013 ,in the Grocery store,this individual approached me asking help w/shopping saying "i forgot my glasses" seemed fairly harmless,though i am also partially blind/not certain it was this person,though he is hard to miss.some people just need help shopping??

Posted by nunya biznez on 01/29/2013 at 1:30 PM
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