#pursuit underway on Sprowel Creek Rd towards Briceland. Please avoid area and take caution.— Humboldt County Sheriff (@HumCoSO) November 12, 2019
HCSO deputies are currently searching for wanted felony warrant subject Robert Cullen in the area of the 2600 block of Old Briceland Road. Cullen and two others were involved in a vehicle pursuit with deputies on Sprowel Creek Road at approximately 2:20 pm today (11/12). Cullen was last seen fleeing N/NW on foot from Old Briceland Road wearing a gray sweatshirt, tan beanie, blue jeans and white shoes. Residents in the Sprowel Creek / Old Briceland Road area are being asked to lock their doors and stay inside while law enforcement is active.Read the HCSO release sent out before Cullen's arrest below:
Fish and Wildlife K9 team and CHP aircraft are assisting in the search.
On Nov. 12, 2019, at about 2:05 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Garberville area attempted a routine traffic stop on Sprowel Creek Road for a vehicle code violation. The vehicle was also known by deputies to be associated with wanted felony warrant subject Robert Joseph Cullen.
The driver of the vehicle, 55-year-old Gregory Michael Benson, failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued on to Old Briceland Road. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle collided with a county-owned dump truck near the 2600 block of Old Briceland Road.
Following the collision, two males and one female fled from the scene on foot. The female, 18-year-old Gabrielle Marie Jensen, was quickly apprehended by deputies. During a search of Jensen’s belongings, deputies located drug paraphernalia and narcotics. Deputies initiated a ground search for the two males, one of which was confirmed to be Cullen. A California Highway Patrol aircraft and a Fish and Wildlife K9 Unit assisted in the search. During this search, deputies located Benson.
During a search of Benson’s vehicle, deputies located suspected methamphetamine and heroin. Benson was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of evading a peace officer, being armed with a firearm in commission of a felony, resisting a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics.
Jensen was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of resisting a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The search for Cullen was later suspended due to nightfall. Cullen is still outstanding at this time. He is described as a white male adult, 30 years old, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Cullen was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, tan beanie, blue jeans and white shoes. If you see Cullen, do not approach him, but call 9-1-1. Anyone with information regarding Cullen’s whereabouts should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.