Photo: Kylie Kadeen Craig (L) and Matthew Collet (R) / Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of two fugitives wanted for murder in the state of Washington.
On Saturday, October 10, the Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the possibility two murder suspects — identified as Kylie Kadeen Craig (27) and Matthew Collett (37) — had recently been seen and were possibility hiding out in the Humboldt County area.
That same day, around 1 PM, deputies stopped to assist CHP with a motorist who’d run out of gas in Redway and quickly recognized her as Kylie Craig. After confirming her identity, CHP took her into custody and booked her at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice.
Later that day, just before 6 PM, a vehicle salesman called 9-1-1 to report an attempted carjacking in Samoa, telling dispatchers he’d been out on a test drive with a man who turned out to be Collett. He claimed that he asked Collett to pull the car over near Vance Avenue and, when he did so, Collett got out of the car, brandished a gun, and ordered the salesman out of the vehicle.
The salesman refused, calling 9-1-1 instead. Collett then fled the scene on foot.
Deputies responded to the scene to search for Collett, and a passerby who’d spotted him shortly before their arrival was able to point them in his direction. Deputies soon found him walking a trail and took him into custody without incident.
Collett was ultimately booked on the same charge, at the same location as Craig. The Sheriff’s Office has also submitted a charge of attempted carjacking to the District Attorney’s Office for official review.