The man who allegedly left the dead fish behind at “The Goonies” The U.S. Coast Guard had to rescue the house after the yacht he stole capsized. He has been arrested.
The suspect was reportedly being sought by law enforcement since Wednesday, when they were alerted via a video. Post A photo shared on social media by Jericho Labonte (35 years old), CanadianFrom the 1985 classic movie, he left a fish and danced at the property in Astoria. A friend reported the video to police. According CBS News. CBS News.
“I kind of got thrown around a little bit by the wave and then when I came up I noticed that the boat was pretty much in shambles,” “Petty Officer 1st-Class Branch Walton was the rescue swimmer.” “I was actually here for training as a student for the Advanced Helicopter Rescue School. I kind of got called on the case, kind of luck of the draw,” He added.
(1/4) #BreakingNews – Talk about arriving in the nick of time! While conducting a training mission at the mouth of the Columbia River, 2 Coast Guard air crews received a #MAYDAY broadcast from the master of the P/C Sandpiper. After notifying watchstanders at Sector Columbia River pic.twitter.com/CtYSgpdPUG
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) February 3, 2023
Two Coast Guard air crews received a mayday call Friday morning during a training mission, according to tweets from the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest. They launched ships and found the boat “floundering in the surf,” making a boat rescue too dangerous. Instead, the Coast Guard lowered Walton into the water.
“As he entered the water the vessel capsized but the rescue swimmer was able to safely recover the individual,” the Coast Guard tweeted. “He was flown back to Coast Guard Base Astoria where EMS was waiting to evaluate and treat the man.”
The suspect was then taken to a hospital and treated for mild hypothermia. The Astoria Police Department said in a Facebook post that it had “received calls from several citizens identifying the rescued victim as Labonte,” but he was discharged from the hospital “before his true identity was discovered.”
Labonte allegedly covered the security cameras at the home and left the dead fish on the porch, then returned later to remove the fish. Police believe it was caught locally, as someone reported taking Labonte fishing on the same day the fish was left on the porch.
The owner of the 35-foot yacht reported it stolen Friday, according to Astoria Police Chief Stacy Kelly, who admitted it had “been a really odd 48 hours.” Labonte was arrested at a warming center in Seaside, Oregon, on charges of first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief, and endangering another person, according to Fox 12. He is reportedly in ICE custody at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington.
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