Santa Rosa man arrested after alleged robbery, police chase in Petaluma
A Santa Rosa man has been arrested after allegedly forcibly robbing a woman at knifepoint and later leading police on a pursuit in Petaluma.
Just before 4 PM on Saturday, September 19, police responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding an alleged robbery at Lucchesi Park. The victim claimed that the suspect — later identified as 30-year-old Troy Kobylinski — had pushed her down and physically scuffled with her, at one point brandishing a knife, and stolen her phone and purse.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, having sustained several injuries during the incident.
As officers began investigating, dispatch received another call about a man matching Kobylinski’s description trying to steal a car at the Shell Gas Station on Lakeville Street. Police say he was unsuccessful and ultimately fled in a vehicle he had stolen out of Rohnert Park earlier that day.
Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies soon joined the investigation to help find Kobylinski. When a deputy spotted him and attempted a traffic stop, Kobylinski again fled and led deputies on a pursuit.
Police say he eventually lost control and ran his vehicle off the road in the area of Maria Drive and Capri Avenue. From there, he fled on foot. Multiple residents in the area reported seeing him jumping through back yards. Officers reportedly caught up to him as he was attempting to unlock a resident’s vehicle with keys he’d just stolen from their home.
Kobylinski was finally arrested without incident and booked at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, attempted vehicle theft, and residential burglary.