Photo: Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
HONEYDEW — Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two people on suspicion of impersonating police officers, among other charges, after reportedly discovering vehicle decals, radios, uniforms, and other supplies in their truck.
On the afternoon of Monday, November 23, deputies responded to the 8500 block of Wilder Ridge Road to investigate reports of two suspicious individuals driving around in a U-Haul truck and attempting to unlawfully access properties in the area.
As deputies arrived, residents pointed them in the direction of Ettersberg Road, where they ultimately found the truck and its two occupants: Nolan Lewis (27) of Anderson and Monique Solorio (32) of Redding.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies searched the truck and discovered “a large number of items used to impersonate peace officers,” including handcuffs, uniforms, vehicle decals, and other similar items, as well as pepper spray, airsoft guns, paraphernalia, a garbage bag full of dried, unprocessed marijuana, and burglary tools.
Lewis and Solorio were both arrested and booked at the Humboldt County Jail.
The Sheriff’s Department also reports that they are searching for a second suspect vehicle, described as a red or maroon pickup truck with a light bar over the windshield and a front bumper hitch, and one or two other individuals possibly connected to this case.
The investigation remains active.