Police call it an “agency assist” when one department comes to the assistance of another, as happened in Sonoma on Feb. 22, after the Rohnert Park Police Department asked Sonoma police for help locating a suspect in a domestic assault case.
The Rohnert Park authorities had information that the man lived at the Moon Valley mobile home park off Fifth Street West, and that he was believed to be employed there as a maintenance worker as well. They explained he was wanted for assaulting his girlfriend.
When Sonoma officers arrived at the park, they got no response at the address given as his residence, but a neighbor informed them that, while the man no longer lived at the address, he was still employed by the park and, in fact, had just driven in and was probably at the maintenance structure at the back of the property.
Police found the truck, as directed, with the hood still warm. But when they knocked on the door and called the suspect’s name, no one answered.
One officer walked around the structure, peered in a window and saw the suspect watching the waiting officers on a closed-circuit TV system.
Officers called out to him again, so the man moved behind a curtain out of the field of view, but for his feet.
At which point an officer shouted, “Ron, I can see your white tennis shoes.” The suspect then backed further out of sight.
Officers then called for back-up and the K-9 unit, set a perimeter around the building and announced their intention to enter the building with the dog and search it.
The man did not answer, but officers heard the noise of something breaking. They entered the building and the dog promptly alerted them to a hole in the sheetrock that gave access to the attic, where they easily spotted the suspect hiding.
Ronald Cooper, 35, of Rohnert Park, was arrested without incident and booked into the Sonoma County jail, charged with felony domestic violence, felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor child endangerment.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Thursday, Feb. 13:
10:06 a.m. – Inside job? A resident in the 21000 block of Arnold Drive reported that she discovered some silver and gold jewelry from Mexico missing on Feb. 8. The woman told deputies that numerous family members had been staying at the house recently. There were no leads on who could have stolen the jewelry.
5:19 p.m. – Woman walks off with Ruger. A resident in the 17000 block of San Jacinto Drive reported missing a .44 Ruger revolver after a female acquaintance had spent the night. The man told deputies the pistol, which had sentimental value, was on the nightstand in plain sight and he noticed it was gone after his female friend left. The female later said she gave it to another acquaintance of the victim and he would return it, but he hadn’t.
Friday, Feb. 14:
9:36 a.m. – Bogus checks on son’s account. A resident in the 100 block of Vista Circle reported that sometime in January, after she opened a checking account with her son, somebody wrote two checks using her bank routing number and name. One of the checks was for $3,200 and the second was for $180, and they were both cashed by the same bank in Vallejo. She told deputies her son didn’t write the checks and he had been a victim of fraudulent activity in Richmond.