Suspect in Samoa Homicide Arrested


The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reports a person of interest in a Nov. 15 homicide was arrested Dec. 10 by a Eureka Police Department officer who recognized him.

Eureka resident Travontae Javoni Hutson, who was taken into custody at a residence on West Hawthorne Street after initially fleeing the officer, was booked into jail on suspicion of obstructing an officer, possession of a controlled substance and out-of-county warrants, according to a HCSO news release.

The sheriff's office has asked that Hutson be charged with homicide in connection with the death of Perry Bailey, 34, in Samoa last month, the release states. Bailey was shot multiple times as he sat in his car.

Read the HCSO release below:
On December 10, 2020, at about 1:30 p.m., an officer with the Eureka Police Department on patrol near the 100 block of West Del Norte Street in Eureka saw a man matching the description of a person of interest in the homicide of 34-year-old Perry Bailey on November 15 in Samoa. The man, identified as 26-year-old Travontae Javoni Hutson of Eureka, was also known to have out of county warrants for his arrest. When the EPD officer attempted to contact Hutson, Hutson fled on foot into a residence on the 200 block of West Hawthorne Street. Additional officers responded and took Hutson into custody without further incident. During the booking process at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, Hutson was found to have a small quantity of methamphetamine on his person. Hutson was booked into Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of obstructing an officer (PC 148(a)(1)) and possession of controlled substance (HS11377(a)), in addition to his out of county warrants.

Following further investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division, on Monday, December 14, Sheriff’s Investigators requested a charge for murder (PC 187) be added to Hutson’s booking in relation to the homicide of Perry Bailey. Hutson is being held in the correctional facility without bail. This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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