Santa Rosa man accused of burglary, stabbing bystander with barbecue fork
Above: Knives and weapons reportedly confiscated during Smith’s arrest | Santa Rosa PD
A Santa Rosa man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into apartment and, later, stabbing a bystander with a barbecue fork, police said.
On the afternoon of November 18th, police were called to the area of Range and Russell Avenues after fire personnel conducting inspections at an apartment complex reportedly encountered a subject armed with a knife.
Responding officers learned while en route that the subject in question lived in a nearby apartment complex and had allegedly broken into a neighbors’ apartment, chased the female occupant around the apartment with a barbecue fork, then fled the apartment and left the building, encountering fire personnel outside.
While fire personnel were radioing for police assistance, the subject — later identified as 18-year-old Marquis Smith — allegedly stabbed a bystander with the barbecue fork. Around this time, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy who’d been patrolling the area responded to provide assistance and was ultimately able to detain Smith. The stabbing victim’s injuries were minor and did not require immediate attention, police said.
Police say that while Smith was being taken into custody, knives were found on him and a loaded handgun fell from somewhere on his person. He was later booked at the Sonoma County jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, as well as a number of weapons charges.