Recently a 44-year-old Laytonville man with a history of multiple police “contacts” was busted down in Brooktrails on several charges.
Here’s the story:
He’s someone well known to me and my co-workers at the Laytonville County Water District. Like the cops, we’ve had more than our fair share of “contacts” with this guy. He’s one of these shiftless mopes with a long history of petty theft, vandalism and anti-social behavior in our community.
According to the Willts Police blotter, he was snagged after a violent encounter with a Brooktrails woman who told officers that the suspect, Kristoff Suba, of Laytonville, had attacked her that morning, and “alluded to a history of domestic violence by Suba.” The victim explained that she was able to “prevent further attacks from Suba (that morning) by warding him off with a stun gun,” and the Willits Police notes that “statements from the victim, witnesses, and evidence on scene supported the victim’s account.”
Hang on for a second, the incident will now get your full attention.
The victim told officers that she also had found a suspected pipe bomb in Suba’s belongings. The cops searched a vehicle and found what they described as “a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) made of PVC pipe. Personnel from the Humboldt Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad then responded and reportedly determined the IED was operational and in working condition.” The Willts Police Department adds that “based on statements from the parties, and no evidence of the manufacturing of destructive devices at the residence, there is believed to be no danger to the public.” The Willits Police thanked the Sheriff’s Office and the Humboldt Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad for their assistance.”
I assumed this woman-beating coward, miscreant, and IED transporter, would be locked up tight pending the criminal justice process running its course.
Nope, didn’t happen, he was soon back out on the streets where he doesn’t belong.
Well, guess what?
Last Sunday, I received a phone call informing me that Mr. Suba was filling a barrel with water on a property not his own. In fact, he doesn’t have a property of his own. For the past two years, Suba has been stealing water from fire hydrants, turning hydrants on and wasting water, and vandalizing water district water meters.
I went out to the site and confronted him, and sent him on his way. I’ll spare you all of the other details regarding our encounter.
We’ve spent a lot of our time dealing with this guy and his miscreant antics.
Ditto for Sheriff’s deputies.
I want to thank the Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to this most recent event. He was just as frustrated as I was.
The bottom line is we should not have to deal with characters like this guy.
The real question is why was Suba cut loose from jail after being arrested for domestic violence and being in possession of a pipe bomb that was “was operational and in working condition.”
The state of California needs to abandon the Pandemic-era failed experiment with emptying its jails via “catch-and-release” policies that allow crooks and criminal misfits to avoid incarceration. Some of these new laws and policies seriously undermine basic public safety. To what end?
If you review the Sheriff’s booking logs and arrest records you’ll find that probably a little less than a hundred or so offenders commit an outsized share of crime in this county, often without any, or very short periods of time detained in jail, that would have interrupted, or at least slowed the frequency of their criminal and anti-social activity.
Sheriff Kendall will tell you that when they’re successful in keeping some of these serial offenders locked up for a while, there’s an immediate nosedive in crime in the areas they hail from. It’s a fact that jail’s revolving doors allow suspects to pirouette in and out of jail, giving crooks the freedom to carry out even more crimes and anti-social mischief.
All across California out-of-control shoplifting is causing business owners — large and small — to either close their doors or reduce their hours of operations. Businesses are doing this because state law holds that stealing merchandise worth $950 or less is just a misdemeanor, which means that law enforcement probably won’t bother to investigate, and if they do, prosecutors will let it go.
Recently, a woman who owns a shop in Ukiah reported a shoplifting incident. She says her efforts to regain a stolen item, resulted in the alleged shoplifters, three teenaged girls, assaulting her and then posting the assault on Instagram.
She went on to say, “The Ukiah Police were called, and they arrived 45 minutes after the incident. They told me that my options were to press charges or get a restraining order, but that neither option would work out well for me. The police report listed the incident as mutual combat.”
She said she feels, “incredibly let down by the Ukiah Police Department. They did nothing to help me. The theft in Ukiah downtown businesses is out of control. Small businesses can't take the losses caused by shoplifting. Some consider closing due to this issue. The Ukiah Police do not help us.”
And, don’t forget, we haven’t even discussed the ongoing tragedies that plague the Covelo community.
Clearly these sorts of incidents and situations point to disturbing indications that our vital and indispensable institutions critical to fostering and protecting public safety are not functioning as they should.
It’s a foundational concept in our democracy that people should never be asked to determine just what and how much they can put up with to live in society.
Time for all of that to change, don’t you think?
The only answer is for county officials, mainly the judges, to abandon the policy of emptying the county jail. To hell with the state Legislature and their idiotic laws that give free reign to criminals to carry out even more crimes and anti-social behavior at the expense of public safety.