SANTA ROSA – The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of a home invader by the Windsor Police Department early this morning.
At approximately 1:50 am, November 10, a Windsor resident had called 911 and said that he had heard a vehicle in his driveway, and then someone trying to open his door. When he called out the person identified himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy and told the victim to come outside. Once outside the victim saw a man by a dark car, holding a flashlight in one hand and an unknown object in the other. The man frisked him and asked the victim if he wanted to be arrested.
The victim was alarmed and certain that the suspect was not a Deputy. The suspect searched the man’s trailer and told the victim to go back inside. While inside, the victim called 911 and reported that the suspect was still on the property. While on the phone with dispatch he could hear the trunk of the car slam and the car start and saw the vehicle depart without the headlights turned on.
As two Windsor Police Officers arrived on scene they spotted the car leaving. The suspect’s dark colored Volvo sped up and did not yield even after the officers put on their lights and sirens. The suspect went through several stop signs and intersections at speeds of 80 to 90 mph and continued southbound on Starr Road.
Just south of Reiman Lane the roadway makes a 90-degree turn. The suspect was unable to navigate it at his reckless speed and crashed head-on into a large oak tree. The suspect was pinned under the collapsed dashboard of the vehicle and Windsor Fire Department Paramedics had to extricate him from the car.
The suspect was identified as 27-year old Kory Wayne Messer of Santa Rosa. Messer is recently out on bail for a pending felony matter related to driving a stolen vehicle and getting into a pursuit with Santa Rosa PD just six days earlier. He had since produced the $10,000 bail and was then released.
These most recent incidents add to a long string of arrests, dating back to 2007, according to available records. An October 2007 arrest for an open container and possession of alcohol by someone under 21, along with being under the influence, was followed in April 2008 with resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and being under the influence, and failure to appear in court for the previous infractions. He had four more arrests in the next two years for possession of controlled substance, being under the influence, and DUI.
In September of 2011, records show two arrests, charged with grand theft of lost property, being under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, along with battery and giving false information to a peace officer, and of course probation violations. In September 2012 he was caught running from the Santa Rosa PG&E storage yard, suspected in trying to steal copper wire. He was charged with attempted burglary and grand theft, trespassing, resisting arrest, and violating probation.
When he was pulled from the wreckage in today’s incident, officers found numerous semi-dried marijuana plants in the rear of the Volvo. Messer was arrested for a number of felonies including home invasion robbery, false imprisonment, impersonating a peace officer, recklessly evading a peace officer and causing serious bodily injury, driving with a suspended license and committing a felony while out on bail.
Messer has been hospitalized for treatment of his injuries. Once he is released from medical treatment he will be booked into the Sonoma County Jail. The oak tree was badly bruised but is expected to survive.
Press Democrat (2012): Santa Rosa man suspected of burglarizing PG&E yard in search of copper