Trinity County employees at Public Health and Social Services were told Tuesday night, Jan. 19, to work from home Wednesday after a Eureka man reportedly made threats toward government offices.
According to a release from Eureka Police Department, Darin Michael Ward, 49, made the threats while in a restaurant in Weaverville Tuesday.
“The detailed and violent threats were initially reported to the Humboldt County Joint Information Center and then swiftly disseminated to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Eureka Police Department,” the release said. “Through an extensive joint investigation, which also included participation from the FBI and Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Ward was quickly identified and confirmed to be in Eureka.”
Police caught up to Ward in Eureka the following night and arrested him without incident. A warrant search found no weapons, but some electronic devices and other items were seized. He was jailed in Humboldt County and his bail was set at $25,000.
Trinity County CAO Richard Kuhns said when the county was notified of a credible threat, Public Health and Social Services employees were instructed to work from home Wednesday but returned the following day.
“The individual is in custody and all is well in the world,” he said in a voicemail message. Eureka Police contacted the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and asked for assistance identifying Ward.
Trinity Sheriff’s Detective Josh Ford said threats were not directed at Trinity County buildings, but toward Eureka but that local employees were told to telecommute out an abundance of caution.
Eureka Police wanted to thank the assisting agencies, saying that without their help, the issue might not have come to a peaceful end.