Success at any enterprise requires persistence, ingenuity and at least a minimal amount of intelligence. Sonoma police are now looking for a man who may be deficient in all three qualities after he tried unsuccessfully to cash a fraudulent check at Exchange Bank.
The enterprise began at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 when the would-be con man showed up at the Exchange Bank office on West Napa Street seeking to cash a check for $2,875, drawn on the account of “Wheeler Properties, LLC, a Healdsburg real estate firm.
The bank teller, who noticed a number of mistakes on the check, asked the man for identification, which he provided. Having crossed that hurdle, the teller then asked the man to provide a thumbprint, which he also provided.
But, at some point, the weight of identifying evidence mounting at the teller’s window must have begun to bear like a painful burden on the man with the fraudulent check. He abruptly turned and walked away. But he left behind his check, his ID and his thumbprint.
Which means that police, who are now looking for the unsuccessful thief, should not have too much trouble tracking him down.
In other incidents reported to Sonoma police:
Saturday, Nov. 9:
12:16 a.m. – On meth, can’t pee. While on patrol in the vicinity of Harley Street and Highway 12, an officer saw two bicyclists without lights. After making a U-turn, the officer pulled over the bicyclists and noticed that one of them displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The 26-year-old Boyes Hot Springs resident at first denied that he had been using methamphetamine, but after the officer reported two outstanding warrants against the suspect cyclist, he admitted to using meth. The man offered to give a urine sample, but was unable to provide one. He then gave a written statement and was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance.
8:30 p.m. – Choker gets scissor-stabbed. Officers were sent to a residence in the 500 block of White Briar Drive following the report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they could hear yelling and screaming from inside the residence.
The officers tried to make entry and finally kicked the door open, finding the place covered in blood. The victim told the officers her boyfriend had choked her and that she therefore stabbed him in the arm with a pair of scissors. The suspect escaped out the back door but was collared by officers waiting in the back yard. The victim told the officers that the boyfriend threatened to kill her, and was choking her when they arrived.
The boyfriend, Raymond Johnson, 41, of Sonoma, was charged with felony false imprisonment, felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony domestic assault with injury, felony attempting to dissuade a witness and committing a felony while on bail. Johnson was taken to the hospital to have his stab wound patched and then transported to county jail.
Sunday, Nov. 10:
2 a.m. – A really large vodka and cranberry. After a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a motorist in the area of Fifth Street West and Church Street for speeding and crossing over the yellow line, the deputy called for a Sonoma police officer to make a driving under the influence arrest. The motorist, a 24-year-old Sonoma woman, told the officer that she had consumed one vodka and cranberry drink over the course of an hour. But her preliminary alcohol screening indicated that the one drink must have been a very large one, or that she had lost count after consuming several. That’s because she registered a blood alcohol level of .143 on a breath test. She subsequently asked to provide a blood sample and was then arrested for driving under the influence.