On October 25, 2021, at about 1:00 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to an apartment on the 300 block of W Del Norte Street in Eureka for the report of a male with a laceration to his stomach. Once on scene, officers contacted a 40-year-old male who had a visible stab wound to the abdomen. Humboldt Bay Fire and City Ambulance responded and transported the male to the hospital with a critical injury. The male victim is now recovering.
Initial statements on scene suggested that the male had been stabbed in an unknown alley by an unknown suspect. However, after further investigation by detectives, it was determined that the male had been stabbed with a 2’ long sword by his roommate, 40-year-old Dustin Scott Latham of Eureka, inside of their apartment on W Del Norte Street.
On November 3, 2021, detectives with the Eureka Police Department served a search warrant at the apartment. Latham was located inside and was placed under arrest for attempted murder. Latham was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.