APD Arrests Three in Robbery and Shooting Investigation


The Arcata Police Department has arrested three suspects in what they'e calling a a robbery and attempted murder that happened Thursday morning in an apartment on L Street.

Officers were called to Mad River Community Hospital shortly after 6:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a gunshot victim. A subsequent investigation found the victim had been shot in his apartment in the 1200 block of L Street during a robbery allegedly involving three suspects later identified as Jason Edward Smith, 38, of Hoopa, Michelle Lee Odjick, 45, of Willow Creek, and Kimberly Ann Yale, 31, of Hoopa. Police allege Smith was the shooter.

Odjick and Yale were arrested on suspicion of robbery following the incident and booked into the Humboldt County jail. Police found Smith shortly after midnight last night on Valley West Boulevard in Arcata and took him into custody without incident, according to a press release, booking him into jail on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and assault with a firearm.

See the full press release from APD copied below:



On Thursday August 27th 2020 at approximately 0638 hours, Arcata Police were dispatched to the Mad River Community Hospital (MRCH) ER on the report of a gunshot victim who was currently being treated. Detectives with the Arcata Police Department responded and assisted with the investigation, conducting interviews of multiple witnesses and the shooting victim.

During the investigation, Detectives learned that the victim had been shot in his apartment in the 1200 block of L Street in the City of Arcata during an apparent robbery. Detectives identified three suspects who were involved in the robbery and shooting of the victim.

Detectives with the Arcata Police Department continued their investigation and ultimately identified the shooter in Thursday's incident as 38-year-old Hoopa resident Jason Edward Smith. Two other suspects involved in Thursday's incident were identified as 45-year-old Willow Creek resident Michelle Lee Odjick and 31-year-old Hoopa resident Kimberly Ann Yale.

Both Odjick and Yale were arrested for PC 215.5(a) - Robbery of an inhabited dwelling following the incident and booked in to the Humboldt County Jail.

On Sunday August 30th 2020 at approximately 0004 hours, Arcata Police patrol officers with the assistance of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol, located Smith in the 4700 Block of Valley West Blvd in the City of Arcata and took him in to custody without incident.

Smith was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for PC 664/187(a)-Attempted Murder, PC 212.5(a) - Robbery of an inhabited dwelling, and PC 245(a) (2) - Assault with a Firearm on a person.

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