A member of the notorious Mongols motorcycle gang allegedly assaulted, drugged, kidnapped and terrorized a McKinleyville woman last week in an apparent dispute over marijuana.
The victim, who lives on the 2500 block of Central Avenue, reported that she heard a knock on her door at about 8 p.m. Monday, April 22. When she opened the door, Eric Eugene Lundin, 63, of Arcata allegedly grabbed her by the throat and pushed his way into the residence.
The harrowing ordeal began with Lundin shouting at the woman with claims that her son had stolen marijuana from him. He forced the victim to sit on the couch as the verbal tirade continued.
Then the guns came out. Lundin placed a silver-colored semi-automatic handgun and a black-colored semi-automatic handgun on the table in front of them. He then pulled out a vial of pills, which he claimed were methadone, and force the victim to consume three of them, telling her that he wanted to make her overdose, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.
“He repeatedly told her she was going to die, while also stating several times he was a member of the Mongols motorcycle gang and they do not leave witnesses,” states a press release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The Mongols Motorcycle Club is an outlaw motorcycle gang and alleged organized crime syndicate headquartered in Southern California. According to the Wikipedia website “The Mongols members have had long-running confrontations with law enforcement in such areas as drug dealing (especially methamphetamine), money laundering, robbery, extortion, firearms violations, murder, and assault, among other crimes.”
After the victim consumed the pills, Lundin allegedly placed the black handgun to her temple and told her to call her son and have him come home. To show he meant business, Lundin then used the handgun to smash the screen on her television. He also threw her cell phone across the room, thereby destroying it.
Then it was time to go for a ride and experience more terror.
Lundin ordered the victim into his pickup truck. He drove from McKinleyville to Arcata, telling the woman along the way the various placed where he planned to hide her body.
He eventually returned the woman to her McKinleyville home, telling her that he just wanted to scare her.
The woman called the Sheriff’s Office and a be-on-the-lookout for the suspect was broadcast to local law enforcement. The victim and the suspect know each other, although the nature of the relationship is not clear.
The Arcata Police Department located Lundin at his residence on the 1100 block of G Street in Arcata. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, assault, brandishing a firearm, burglary, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, administering drugs to commit a felony, vandalism and transportation and possession of a controlled substance. Deputies also recovered two loaded semi-automatic handguns.
Lundin was booked into the county jail, where his bail was set at $100,000.
The victim was admitted to a local hospital.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department then obtained a search warrant from Humboldt County Superior Court so deputies could fully search Lundin’s Arcata residence. Assisted by Arcata Police and Humboldt State University Police, the deputies searched Lundin’s residence at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.
They found a .22 caliber rifle and “large quantities” of ammunition compatible with the handguns that were previously seized, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release.
They also found further evidence showing that Lundin is a member of the outlaw motorcycle gang and other unspecified evidence backing up the victim’s account of the crime.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, additional weapons charges will be requested against Lundin.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line (707) 268-2539.