Suspect Named in Weekend Crossbow Murder

Posted by Ryan Burns on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Mug shot from Lake County arrest
  • Mug shot from Lake County arrest
A 29 20-year-old transient man named Phoenix Triton King and an unidentified 16-year-old girl are wanted on charges of murder and attempted murder after yesterday's brutal crossbow attack near Manila, which left one man dead and another injured. 

A 44-year-old man was fatally shot in the face with a crossbow arrow yesterday afternoon while a second unidentified victim, a 41-year-old man, was hit with arrows to the hip, shin and head, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The attack occurred near the southbound shoulder of State Route 255 and New Navy Base Road.

Sheriff's deputies believe the attack was motivated by an alleged theft at a nearby transient camp. 

Read the full press release below:
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On Sunday September 8, 2013 at about 12:32 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call of a possible injured man lying on the southbound shoulder of HWY 255 and New Navy Base Road, Eureka (approximately 100 yards north of this intersection).

While deputies were responding, a second person called the Sheriff’s Office to report the injured male appeared to have been shot twice with an arrow and there were two people fleeing the area on bicycles, possibly suspects or involved with this incident. One witness attempted to detain these individuals, at which point the suspects abandoned their bicycles and fled into a heavily wooded area on the west side of the road.

Deputies arrived in the area around 12:39 PM and located a 41 year old male victim who had suffered three injuries that would later be determined to be from a crossbow. The victim had a grazing scalp wound, an arrow to the hip and an injury on his shin from a glancing arrow injury. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

Deputies then located a second victim, found deceased, approximately 200 yards west and into the wooded area from where the first victim was located. This 44 year old male suffered a single arrow to the face (names of the victims being withheld at this point).

An extensive manhunt was undertaken in the heavily wooded and coastal area for the two suspects. Assisting was a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol, Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Officers from the Arcata Police Department along with a K9 from that agency, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Office Special Services including ATV’s for searching the beach, and Rangers from the Bureau of Land Management. The search was called off at approximately 11:45 PM.

Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office have been assigned to this investigation. The motive for this incident appears to be the belief of the suspects that the victims may have stolen items from their transient camp. The victims are homeless and have been occupying an encampment for the last several months. It appears the suspects are newly arrived to the area and had a crude encampment, which a search warrant was sought for and served on.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of the public for any information on the suspects in this case and listed as follows:

• Phoenix Triton King, white male, 09-12-1992, short blond hair, blue eyes and black heavy framed glasses, 5’7” and 140 pounds (believed to be from Lake County, California).

King is traveling with the second suspect in this case, who happens to be a 16 year old female, and for that reason, her name is not being released:

• Female, black or dark skin, 16 years of age, shoulder length “frizzy” hair that is most often worn in a bun, black hair, brown eyes, 5’0”, 120 pounds.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the arrest of both individuals for Murder and Attempted Murder. These individuals are to be considered dangerous and potentially armed. Anyone who believes they have seen these individuals are encouraged to not approach and telephone 911 with information.

Detective Jen Turner has been assigned as the lead investigator on this incident. Anyone that might have further information on this case is asked to call her at 707-268-3642.

Unfortunately, photographs of the suspects are not available at this time.

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How is he 29 if his birth year is 1992?

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Posted by Emelie Gagz on 09/09/2013 at 10:05 AM

Yep- he's not even 21 yet- born 9/12/1992 according to press release.

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Posted by Rachel Montgomery on 09/09/2013 at 10:33 AM

Thanks for noticing my awful math. Fixed now.

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Posted by ryan on 09/09/2013 at 10:37 AM

It's scary to think that people like this have come to our area. It used to be a safe place to live and over the past few years, only seems to be getting worse. What kind of a world do we live in when a person risks his life just going to the store or walking through a nice neighborhood. Makes one feel like nobodies safe from all the crazy people wandering around.

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Posted by realrockmama on 09/10/2013 at 12:40 AM

I don't even walk down the street to the store a block away without being armed with a knife. I have met some really crazy people in the past while alone, I don't intend to allow someone to murder me while I go for a junk food run 400 ft from my house.

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Posted by Josh Alley on 09/10/2013 at 5:53 PM

This is some crazy $$$$$ I really hope they get caught real soon because those ppl didn't need to get hurt like that r any other way

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Posted by Beverly Thomas on 09/11/2013 at 8:08 AM

this person murdered was my sons father. May he always rest in peace. People dont think homeless having loved ones, who cant find them, pr connect w them. This is truley sad. He didnt deserve the death he got.

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Posted by Pamela C. van Almen on 09/17/2013 at 3:37 PM

these murderers are younger than his kids!! idk they deserve punishment to its fullest!

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Posted by Pamela C. van Almen on 09/17/2013 at 3:40 PM
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