Jailed man faces additional charges
Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies didn't have to look far to locate an apparent slow learner who called his wife numerous times trying to get her to drop the domestic violence charges he was facing. He also tried to contact his wife by calling his daughter.
The man had been served with an emergency protective order forbidding him to have any contact with his wife. And since a phone call counts as contact, each call was a violation of the EPO.
Finding an offender can sometimes be a time-consuming challenge, but this time deputies found their man almost instantly because they knew just where to look. The 38-year-old Boyes Hot Springs resident had been calling his wife from the county jail where he was still behind bars.
The man faces additional charges of attempting to dissuade a victim from testifying, and violating a court order.
In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:
Wednesday, July 13:
10:24 a.m. - Mail-order rip-off. A resident in the 9600 block of Clyde Avenue in Kenwood was scammed out of more than $2,900 after he answered a help-wanted ad on Craigslist. After applying for a job, the man was contacted, via email, by a woman who indicated that she had an art business in France, but was currently in Bahrain. She wanted the victim to handle shipping for her and told him, via email, that he would be receiving some postal money orders. The man was instructed to deposit the money orders, keep $450 as his fee, and wire the rest of the money via Western Union to an address in Elgin, Ill.
The man received three money orders for $975 each, deposited them in his account and wired the money to the given address. It wasn't until later that the man found out the money orders were fraudulent and bounced, costing him the full value of the money sent.
5 p.m. - Dude, where's my water? A resident in the 19000 block of Admiral Cooke Lane reported that someone had tapped into his well and was diverting water. The man discovered something was amiss when his electric bill went from about $5 a month to around $200 a month for three months. A plumber discovered that someone had bypassed the meter, running a buried water line to an unknown destination and had been pumping 900 gallons an hour. The matter was turned over to investigators.
5:10 p.m. - Do not hit your mom. Deputies were called to a disturbance in the area of Broadway and East Watmaugh. Apparently, a 16-year-old boy assaulted his mother while in a vehicle. The parents made a citizens arrest and the teen went to juvenile hall on charges of misdemeanor battery.
Thursday, July 14:
2:25 p.m. - False docs, go to jail. During a traffic stop in the 23000 block of Arnold Drive, a deputy asked a passenger for some identification. The identification the man gave the deputy turned out to be fraudulent and the deputy determined that the man was on non-revocable parole. Deputies arrested Roberto Velazquez, 28, of San Leandro, on charges of felony using false citizenship documents and misdemeanor giving false identification to a peace officer. He was booked into the county jail.
Friday, July 15:
9:25 a.m. - Missing tires. An auto shop in the 29000 block of Arnold Drive reported that sometime between June 27 and July 2, someone stole four new tires, worth an estimated $300.
7:13 p.m. - Dude, where's my seats? Someone stole an estimated $3,500 in auto parts from an auto repair shop in the 13000 block of Arnold Drive. The items, which included the seats, seatbelts, mounting brackets and a roll bar, had been on the ground next to the vehicle and were apparently stolen sometime between July 13 and July 15.
Saturday, July 16:
11:41 a.m. - Dude, where's my table? A resident in the 800 block of Central Avenue reported that sometime overnight on July 13, someone stole a large, burl wood table from the front parch. The estimated value of the table is $500.
Sunday, July 17:
10:47 p.m. - Not quite Shakespeare. It wasn't exactly the Montagues and the Capulets when Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the 18000 block of Verde Vista Drive. There they met an apparently love-struck teen who showed them some threatening text messages he had received from another 16-year-old male concerning a mutual love interest.
There were several of the threats, and the victim told the deputies that the suspect had the capability to do him harm. When the deputies contacted the suspect, he admitted sending the threatening texts. He was booked into juvenile hall on charges of making terrorist threats.
Monday, July 18:
2:18 p.m. - Expensive stones gone. A resident in the 21000 block of Via Colombard reported that two diamond rings worth more than $2,000 had gone missing.