You can run, young man, but you can't hide
An 18-year-old Sonoma teen, who took fleet-footed exception to being arrested, could face a gang enhancement in addition to a lengthy list of criminal charges.
At about 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, Sheriff's deputies responded to the Sonoma Charter School at 17202 Highway 12, on a report of an individual threatening to shoot a female. When deputies arrived, they spotted four young men drinking beer around a large tire in the school's playground. When the youths spotted the deputies, two of them bolted - one toward Highway 12 and the other to the south toward Rancho Vista Mobile Home Park.
After placing the two remaining suspects in handcuffs, one of the deputies called for backup and took off after the teen who had run toward the mobile home park. The deputy could hear the suspect running through the field, gave chase and in short order was able to confront him face-to-face and order the young fugitive to the ground.
The suspect failed to comply and took off again. This time the deputy tackled the teen, who continued to struggle until the deputy smacked him convincingly with his flashlight.
Once he was subdued and cuffed, deputies conducted a search and found a non-folding knife in the young man's pocket.
Deputies therefore charged 18-year-old Henry Morgan with felony carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, felony possession of a dangerous weapon at school, misdemeanor loitering, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor obstructing or resisting a peace officer. Based on an interview with Morgan, deputies also sent a report to the district attorney recommending charges of felony participation in a criminal street gang.
Two other suspects also face charges from the incident; a 16-year-old was cited for loitering on school grounds while a 21-year-old was arrested and charged with loitering on school grounds, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a probation violation - all misdemeanors.
In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:
Wednesday, July 27:
8:56 p.m. - Don't take your guns to town. Sheriff's deputies were sent to a residence in the 4600 block of Cavedale Road on the report of a domestic disturbance. While they were en route, they received another report that the disturbance had turned physical. The victim refused medical treatment, but a 66-year-old male was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery on a spouse. The deputies also seized four firearms for safekeeping.
3:39 p.m. - Boozing buddies. An afternoon of drinking inspired a call to the Sheriff's office and deputies responding to a disturbance in the vicinity of Chauvet Road and London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen. One of the tipplers, a 56-year-old man, was cited for drinking in public while his tippling partner, Lloyd Wick, 60, of El Verano was arrested on a felony warrant and a probation violation.
Friday, July 29:
3:31 a.m. - Car burglar escapes with purse. Deputies were sent to the 18000 block of Comstock Avenue on the report of an auto burglary in progress. The victim said she heard a window being smashed and saw somebody in her vehicle. The victim's boyfriend gave chase, but the thief vanished, taking the victim's purse containing credit cards and her driver's license. The thief, when caught, is facing charges of burglary from a vehicle and vandalism.
3:48 p.m. - Vituperous vandal. The owner of an auto in the 18000 block of Riverside Drive, went to the Sheriff's Valley substation to report vandalism to the car. An unidentified vandal put a three-inch dent in the vehicle's hood and keyed the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $1,400.
Saturday, July 30
3:16 a.m. - Tone-deaf partiers. Deputies were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Academy Lane on the report of a loud party. The citizen making the report complained that the loud parties were an ongoing problem and signed a citizen's arrest. Deputies cited two young men - 21- and 23-years-old, who were identified as the hosts, on charges of loud noise or causing a disturbance.
Sunday, July 31:
9:30 p.m. - Dude, where's my car, child and cellphone? A child custody dispute got out of hand when the former boyfriend took off in his former girlfriend's car with their baby still inside. The California Highway Patrol was notified that the boyfriend might be headed to Vacaville. Law enforcement there located the locked car but there was no sign of the child or the child's car seat. The Sacramento Sheriff's Department then located the child and returned it to its mother, along with the mother's missing car and cellphone. A report was sent to the district attorney for evaluation of possible charges.
Monday, Aug. 1:
11:24 a.m. - Too much TP. The estate manager of a vacant residence in the 18000 block of Carriger Road reported that someone had gotten into an unlocked bathroom by the swimming pool, removed a number of rolls of toilet paper and toilet papered the roof and the pool area.
7:45 p.m. - House ransacked. An occupied house that is for sale on Turtle Creek Drive in Kenwood was burglarized. The suspect got in through a window and ransacked the house. No report was available on what was missing.
11:50 p.m. - Gangbang bat seized. Deputies were sent to investigate a fight with possible gang implications in the 200 block of Northside Avenue. While en route, the deputies spotted two men walking briskly away from the vicinity of the fracas. One of the men was on searchable probation and was identified as one of the participants in the fight. In the immediate area, deputies found a bloodied baseball bat that was attached to a lanyard. Deputies arrested Logan Dunning, 21, of Boyes Hot Springs, on charges of felony possession of a dangerous weapon and a felony probation violation. Dunning was booked into the county jail.
Wednesday, Aug. 3:
6:05 a.m. - Opportunity theft. A resident in the 800 block of Solano Avenue reported he had unlocked his vehicle to take something out before going to work. While the owner was removing one possession, someone else happened along and opportunistically removed several more. Returning to his car, the resident discovered a number of items were suddenly missing including a Garman GPS and charger, a backpack with books and a calculator. The GPS was valued at $150, the pack at $50, the books at $300 and the calculator at $75.
Thursday, Aug. 4:
5:09 p.m. - Guilty association. Deputies received information about the location of a man who had five outstanding misdemeanor warrants, and went to serve him in the 18000 block of Lomita Avenue. They found the man, his truck and a woman passenger and, after taking the 41-year-old male into custody on the five warrants, deputies asked the female to step out of the vehicle. After she did, deputies found a cold 40-ounce beer and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the ground next to the truck's door. Deputies also discovered a bag of white powder and arrested Amanda Charkins, 22, of Sonoma, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition to the five misdemeanor warrants, the 41-year-old man was also charged with having a false registration.
5:39 p.m. - Mad money missing. A resident in the 100 block of Marin Avenue reported that she was missing an estimated $1,000 that she had hidden under a mattress. The woman didn't know when the money went missing because she hadn't checked on it in more than a month.
Friday, Aug. 5:
8:57 a.m. - Plenty of enemies. A woman reported that sometime overnight while her 2008 Dodge pickup was parked in the 18200 block of Sonoma Highway, someone broke her taillights and headlights and keyed the truck almost everywhere except on the roof. The scratches went all the way down to the metal. Deputies asked the woman if she had any enemies and she admitted that she had plenty, but she wouldn't share any of their names. The damage to the Dodge was estimated at $1,500.
11:48 p.m. - Tag and counter-tag. Deputies discovered criminal street gang graffiti from opposing gangs on the side of a building in the 17400 block of Sonoma Highway. It was impossible to tell whether any of the tags suggested promising careers in literature or the arts.
Saturday, Aug. 6:
9:56 p.m. - Got the pipes and the powder. While on patrol in the vicinity of Central Avenue and Sonoma Highway, a Sheriff's deputy spotted a man who matched the description of a person for whom a stop-and-hold warrant had been issued for vandalism. The deputy stopped the suspect and, during a search, discovered a glass pipe in the man's pocket and another in a backpack. The deputy also discovered some white powder commonly smoked in such pipes. After running a field test on the powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine, the deputy arrested Tony Paquette, 28, of Boyes Hot Springs, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.