Confused awakening leads to jail
It may have been a case of selective amnesia or some other psycho-physio-pharmacologically-induced phenomenon, but the police report was not sufficiently-detailed or prescient enough to explain why, when a Sonoma man woke up covered in blood, he did not seem to remember what happened and therefore called the Sheriff’s office to investigate.
Deputies took the 9-1-1 call at about 12:58 a.m. on Dec. 7 – coincidentally Pearl Harbor day – and responded to the 18000 block of Manzanita Road.
While still in transit, they were notified by Sonoma Valley Hospital that a woman had arrived at the emergency room, bloodied and complaining of pain.
Arriving at the home in question, deputies found the bloody man, and his bloodied living room, and learned that he and the woman in the ER were cohabitants and had been involved in a dispute that turned physical.
According to the police report, the man had been choking and beating his girlfriend, prompting her to call her brother to take her to the hospital.
When the brother showed up, the boyfriend allegedly attacked him, an apparently unwise move because the brother then reportedly beat him up.
The boyfriend, Adam Sprague, 41, of Sonoma, was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm, felony assault, felony false imprisonment and damaging a wireless device (the woman’s cellphone). He was booked into the county jail.
In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:
Tuesday, Nov. 27:
8:46 a.m. – Dude, where’s my carburetor? A resident in the 2300 block of Napa road reported that sometime between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26, someone stole a carburetor from a wind machine in his vineyard. The loss was estimated at $3,000.
Wednesday, Nov. 28:
9:46 a.m. – Dude, where’s my ATM card … and my cash? A resident in the 21000 block of Peary Avenue, who had been gone from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25, reported he had received information from his bank that someone had turned his ATM card into a credit union. The man then discovered a desk drawer had been opened and not only was the ATM card missing, so was $2,300 in cash. The card had been used a couple of times for small purchases.
Saturday, Dec. 1:
12:45 p.m. – Cruelty to a child. Deputies were sent to a residence in the 16000 block of Highway 12 after receiving a report that a man was assaulting his wife and daughter. After talking with the parties, the deputies arrested the 34-year-old man on charges of felony willful cruelty to a child. Deputies also made sure the man received a temporary restraining order to stay away from his family.
Monday, Dec. 3:
11:10 a.m. – Bogus credit card accounts. A resident in the 1200 block of Sobre Vista Drive reported that someone had tried to open multiple credit cards in her name. None of the cards were issued and there was no loss. It’s not known how the unknown person acquired the woman’s information.
Tuesday, Dec. 4:
1:30 p.m. – Is that a tire iron in your pocket, or …? Deputies responded to a prowler call in the 19000 block of Olive Avenue. A caller reported seeing a man in his neighbor’s back yard, and described the man to deputies, who then walked toward the house in question. There they saw a man, fitting the description of the prowling suspect, walking toward them. The caller identified the man as the one he had seen in the back yard, and as deputies investigated they discovered pry marks on the back door of the residence in question. During a search of the suspect, deputies discovered he had a tire iron on his person. The suspect, James Hellfeier, 49, of Eldridge, was arrested and charged with a felony probation violation (for burglary) and felony attempted burglary.
Monday, Dec. 10:
10:37 a.m. – Jewelry, electronics and … comics? A resident in the 2600 block of Warm Springs Road reported that sometime between Dec. 8 and Dec. 10, someone with apparently eclectic interests forced entry into the residence and ransacked the house. Missing were jewelry, electronics and comics. There was no estimate of the loss and no suspects.
Tuesday, Dec. 11:
10 p.m. – Prowlers popped for possession. A resident in the 12000 block of Adine Court in Glen Ellen reported prowler activity out near a guesthouse. When Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found two subjects, a man and a woman, in the guesthouse. During a search, the deputies found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and stolen mail in the house. They arrested the 29-year-old woman on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and a probation violation. The man, Richard Brown, 52, of Glen Ellen, was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of stolen property.
Friday, Dec. 14:
9 p.m. – Father arrested for child abuse. Deputies responded to a call from Child Protective Services about an incident of child abuse in the 18000 block of Robinson Road. The call was from a mandated school reporter. After contacting the father and interviewing the children, the 40-year-old father was arrested on charges of felony child abuse. He was also served with an emergency protective order forbidding him to have any contact with his children, who were delivered into the custody of another family member. The investigation is ongoing.
Saturday, Dec. 15:
8:30 a.m. – Girlfriend assaults boyfriend. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to a residence in the 400 block of Arbor Avenue on the report of a domestic disturbance. The victim, a man, told deputies that his girlfriend had assaulted him. The 22-year-old woman was arrested on charges of domestic assault.