Update: Labonte was taken into custody at the Seaside Warming Center.
The Astoria Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen on February 1, 2023, informing us that 35-year-old Jericho Labonte had posted a video of himself on Facebook placing a dead fish on the front porch of the Goonies’ house. On February 3, 2023, we received a call from Port Security Chief Matt Hansen informing us that the vessel involved in the Coast Guard rescue earlier in the day was stolen from the Port of Astoria. He recognized the vessel on the video, contacted the owner, and confirmed that it had been stolen. At about the same time, we received calls from several citizens identifying the rescued victim as Labonte. He had been transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital after the rescue as a precaution and was discharged before being identified as the suspect.
Jericho Labonte is wanted on charges of Theft I, Endangering another Person, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief II. Please contact the Astoria Police Department at 503-325-4411 if you see Labonte. He was last seen wearing a dark beanie-style hat, gray sweatshirt, and dark pants.