SAN RAFAEL —Two suspected bicycle thieves were nabbed by the San Rafael Police Department’s special operations unit. The unit focuses on quality-of-life issues in the downtown area, including persistent bicycle thefts.
On February 18, a bike was locked to a railing at the entrance of a building on Irwin Street. Not long afterward, two persons observed looking at the bike left the area, and later returned with bolt cutters.
Police observed a man identified as Demetrious A. Holmes, 29 of Santa Rosa, cut off the bicycle lock. Officers detained Holmes after he started riding away on the bike, which had been placed as bait.
The second suspect, Juanita J. Butterfly, 38 of Santa Rosa, was detained in a parking lot a short distance away. Butterfly was apparently waiting there for Holmes.
Officers arrested Holmes for grand theft, possession of burglar’s tools, conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, and parole violation. Holmes remains in custody at Marin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Butterfly was also booked at Marin County Jail. Her charges include grand theft, conspiracy, and driving with a license suspended for drunk driving.
Butterfly is no longer in custody in Marin County, as she also had outstanding felony warrants in Humboldt and Siskiyou counties. These pertain to failure to appear on a felony charge and committing a felony while released on bail or own recognizance.
Charges Butterfly faces in other jurisdictions, also include assault, battery, and abuse of an elder or dependent adult.