On October 9, 2020, at about 10:54 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) responded to the 700 block of Stewart Street for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.
The victim said three males entered his trailer, struck him with a firearm, and took electronics and a large quantity of bagged marijuana. The suspects fled in a white Chevrolet Suburban and a black Dodge Charger. The victim identified one male as Shayne Taylor (41 of Eureka) and provided detailed descriptions of the others. The victim was transported to the hospital with a moderate injury received during the robbery.
While officers were still on scene taking the report, an EPD officer located the involved Dodge Charger near Wabash and A Streets occupied by three males. Taylor, Conte Watson (41 of Eureka), and Rajean Achane (37 of Eureka) were detained without incident. A large quantity of marijuana suspected to have been taken during the robbery and a loaded rifle were in plain view inside the vehicle.
Based on the investigation, it appears Taylor and Watson were involved in the robbery and the third male is still outstanding. It was determined Achane was not associated with the incident, though was taken into custody on other violations and an unrelated warrant. Taylor, Watson, and Achane were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
Taylor was booked for robbery, possession of a short-barreled rifle, not registered owner carrying a loaded firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana for transport, being armed while in commission of a felony, DUI, and probation violation.
Watson was booked for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a short-barreled rifle, not registered owner carrying a loaded firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana for transport, armed while in the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of drug paraphernalia.