Federal agents track down suspect in officer assault

EUREKA, Calif. - Federal agents moved in Thursday morning, serving warrants in Trinity and Humboldt Counties to find a suspect wanted for attempted murder in connection with an assault on a U.S. Forest Service Officer.  

Agents arrested Silverio Sanchez, 22 of Eureka, after they said they found him hiding in the attic of a home in the 2500 block of Garland Street in Eureka.  Sanchez is held on $5,410,000 bail.

Sanchez had been wanted since March 15 for an assault on a U.S. Forest Service officer.   The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said he was involved in a vehicle pursuit with on Highway 36. A forest service officer was injured after being struck by the suspect's vehicle and shots were fired by USFS officers.

Detectives sought warrants for charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading a police officer, and a variety of other charges. Sanchez was already wanted on five other outstanding felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants. Those warrants included charges of rape, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, vandalism, drugs, and battery.

Thursday morning approximately 7 a.m., a parole and search warrant were served at the 2500 block of Garland Street, Eureka.  Federal marshals, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents, CHP officers, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and California State Parole conducted the search.  

Officers located four adults and four children in the residence on Garland Street. Investigators learned Sanchez was hiding inside the attic. The officers tried to call Sanchez out of the attic, but he refused their commands. The officers deployed a canine, and Sanchez was taken into custody.  He received minor bites to his feet.

Officers also arrested Silverio Sanchez's brother, 26-year-old Ronald Sanchez, Jr. who is on active parole.   He was taken into custody for parole violation, and additional charges are being sought for for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felon being in possession of ammunition and harboring a fugitive.

Officers in Trinity County served a search warrant at the same time at a parcel at Ruth Lake.

Officers located several travel trailers and storage containers.   They said they located two of Sanchez's relatives on the property, along with an assault rifle and ammunition.

Investigators said one of the Trinity County deputies was assaulted by Damen Carlson, 19.  Carlson was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

"Today's capture of Silverio Sanchez is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all involved and the cooperation of several agencies," said Don O'Keefe United States Marshal for the Northern District of California.

A Humboldt County Superior Court Judge granted a bail enhancement for Sanchez based upon the totality of his crime and risk to community safety.  Sanchez's total bail is now set at $5,410,000.00. He remains in the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Correctional Facility.

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