Stalking and Explosion Arrest
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February 16, 2023 – Ventura County, Ca.
Unrequited love, unfettered passion, and misplaced rage occasionally ignite irrational behavior which always leads to more negative consequences than broken hearts and bruised feelings.
Those elements may well have been in play in the interpersonal drama erupting explosively on a Thousand Oaks residential street on the night of January 28, 2023.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Detective Sergeant Rob Yoos, it was 7:30 a.m. on that date when a 911 Emergency Call for Service brought Thousand Oaks patrol deputies to the scene of “a reported explosion.” As the cops gathered witness statements, they learned that a car cruising past “had stopped in the street” and an occupant of the vehicle had dropped an explosive device which detonated loudly.
Further investigation revealed that a nearby resident “was being stalked by her ex-boyfriend” whom witnesses reportedly suspected as responsible for the crime.
At that point, detectives attached to the VCSD East County Major Crimes Unit became involved. It didn’t take them long to identify 51-year-old San Tan Valley, Arizona resident Salvatore Sorbello as the “ex-boyfriend” of the 51-year-old object of his passions. The investigation into Sorbello indicated that while he had been in the area on the night in question, he had since returned to Arizona.
Detectives, undaunted by Sorbello’s absence from their jurisdiction, obtained a $100,000 arrest warrant for him “with full extradition terms.” Appropriately enough for a case involving misplaced and out-of-control romantic desire, it was on February 14th—Valentine’s Day—when deputies attached to the Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff’s Office’s Gang and Habitual Offender Strike Team tracked Sorbello down and took him into custody.
Sorbello was eventually transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked into custody on 03/04/2023, charged with Stalking (PC 646.9a) and Possessing, exploding, or igniting any destructive device or explosive (PC 18740).
As of 03/07/2023 he is still in custody at the Ventura County Mail Jail with a bail amount set at $200,000.00.
by Robert L. McCullough