Vandalism, robbery, DUI abound in Santa Rosa

Vandalism, robbery, DUI abound in Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA – Sonoma County law enforcement agencies have released the following information regarding recent criminal activity within their jurisdictions:

Loma Vista Immersion Academy and Elementary Charter School in Petaluma was vandalized over the weekend. According to a Petaluma Police Department (PPD) press release, the crime took place January 16th, Saturday evening before 8pm. PPD dispatch alerted patrol units that a report of an activated alarm was received.

Officers responded to the scene at 207 Maria Drive and found that several classroom doors had been forced open. Unknown suspect(s) had caused substantial damage to classroom property. The crime is being described as felony vandalism.

The PPD is requesting that any witnesses or anyone who know of information regarding the vandalism to contact Officer Jake Gutierrez at 707-781-1219.

On Monday morning January 18th, shortly after 5am, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office dispatched units to the Gas Club at 4550 Highway 101 just south of Petaluma.

Deputies met with the station clerk who told them that two suspects entered the store and confronted him while he was seated behind the cash register. The clerk said that the first suspect pointed a dark colored revolver at the clerk and ordered him not to move. Both of the suspects then walked behind the counter and ordered him to open the cash register. As the suspect with the gun pointed the revolver at the clerk the second suspect took the cash from the register.

Both suspects fled the scene on foot and no vehicle was seen that the clerk could associate with the suspects. Deputies searched the immediate area but were unable to locate them.

It was estimated that approximately $300 in cash had been taken. The store’s surveillance system was able to provide screen captures of the suspects. The first suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 22 to 25 years old, medium build and about 5’7” tall. He was last seen wearing dark clothing with a black bandana covering his face. The second suspect was described as a Hispanic male, medium build and about 5’9” tall. He was last seen wearing a light colored jacket with a pink towel or bandana covering his face and shoulders. The Violent Crimes unit is continuing with further investigation.

On Tuesday January 19th, at approximately 7:45, a man driving recklessly in the vicinity of Baywood Drive and South McDowell Boulevard struck another vehicle head-on. The other vehicle was travelling southbound on McDowell. The suspect’s car then collided with two parked vehicles and came to rest in the front yard of a residence.

A man exited the residence with a firearm and perceived that the suspect was trying to drive his vehicle at him. He ordered the suspect to stop and exit the vehicle. The resident held the man at gunpoint until PPD arrived. The suspect was identified as Ryan Wilbur, a 31-year-old resident of Petaluma. Officers found that Wilbur displayed signs of intoxication and proceeded with a drunk driving investigation. Wilber was found to be operating his vehicle while intoxicated. He was arrested without further incident.

A breath test revealed his blood alcohol level to be .40, or five time the legal limit. Wilbur was booked into Sonoma County jail and held on $10,000 bail.

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