Photo: 1100 block of Olive Street
SANTA ROSA – On October 5th after 8:00 p.m., two males were tagging graffiti in the 1100 block of Olive Street. Another citizen confronted the pair, and one of the suspects showed a firearm and threatened him with it before riding away on bicycles.
Santa Rosa Police Department officers arrived and spotted the two fleeing suspects. The pair broke up and went in different directions.
The SRPD brought in a drone to assist in the search.
The press release relates, “The drone operator found one of the suspects hiding in some brush along the Highway 101 sound wall and directed an officer and his K9 partner to the area where the suspect was hiding. The officer made repeated announcements warning the suspect about the possible deployment of his K9 partner if he did not surrender. The suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands, and the K9 was deployed. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.”
18-year-old Javier Sanchez-Velasquez, after being treated for injuries at the hospital, was charged with felony obstruction, felony vandalism and a gang enhancement.
The suspect’s partner is still on the loose. He is described as “a Hispanic male with dark-colored hair; approximately 17 or 18 years of age; 5-8 to 5-10 in height with a thin build; and was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt and shorts and riding a BMX-style bicycle.”
Detectives have yet to recover the firearm in question.