Man Fatally Stabbed in Chaotic Arcata Fight


Arcata police are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred at about 1:20 this morning.

Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn said the incident began outside the Arcata Theater Lounge on G Street when a man confronted another man he'd had a "beef" with and stabbed him. The fight moved into the 600 block of 10th Street and, at some point, a third man became involved.

The fight ended with the man who appeared to have instigated it dropping a knife and collapsing on G Street, Ahearn said, adding the man later died of his wounds.

The two other men were transported to local hospitals with stab or cutting wounds, Ahearn said, adding that two knives were recovered from the crime scene, which spanned multiple blocks. He stressed that APD believes there is no ongoing threat to the community from the incident.

Ahearn asked that anyone with information about the case call 822-2424.

See the full press release from APD copied below:

City of Arcata


Felony Assault in Arcata

On 4/18/21 at about 0121 hours, officers with the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1000 block of G Street for the report of a male that had been stabbed. Upon arrival, officers located three subjects with injuries consistent with being inflicted by a knife or stabbing/slicing weapon.

During the subsequent investigation, the Arcata Police Department was able to identify the involved subjects and determine that the three involved subjects knew each other prior to this assault. This fight between the three subjects left two of them hospitalized and one deceased.

This appears to be an isolated event and there is no information that there is any threat to the public at this time. Further information will be released as the investigation progresses.

The Arcata Police Department is requesting anyone with information on this investigation please contact Detective Sergeant Ortega at 707-822-2424.

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