Sonoma police news: Third St. West Intruder and more

Wayne Rashad Freeman


A Novato man is being held in county jail on no bail after he apparently walked into a house.

At around 10:18 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, Sonoma Police received a call from a resident in the 800 block of Third Street West saying that someone was inside her house. When deputies arrived, they could hear someone inside the house yelling. The deputies told the man to come out, but he didn’t comply.

One of the deputies thought he knew who the suspect was based on his description.

When deputies found the intruder, he had his hands in his jacket and failed to take them out. Multiple deputies deployed multiple Tasers in order to subdue the intruder.

The victim told the deputies she had never seen the man before and that he apparently walked in the open back door.

The deputies arrested Wayne Rashad Freeman, 29, of Novato, on charges of felony burglary and resisting arrest. He is being held on those charges along with three counts of felony battery on a peace officer, felony resisting, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled substance stemming from a Santa Rosa incident in August.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:

Wednesday, Jan. 17:

3:40 a.m. – While on patrol in the vicinity of the dump, a deputy stopped a vehicle for expired registration. The driver was on active probation from Napa County and admitted that she had methamphetamine and a meth pipe. During a search, the deputy found 10-to-12 grams of methamphetamine, small plastic bags, a digital scale and a glass pipe. The deputy arrested Tiffany Salazar, 28, of American Canyon, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony transportation of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. She was transported to jail.

Friday, Jan. 19:

12:01 p.m. – A resident in the 700 block of Fano Lane, told deputies that while work was being done inside his residence, he had put some valuables in his car that was parked in the driveway. But somebody helped themselves to the valuables that included an iPad Pro, an iPad, two iPhones, jewelry, a purse and wallet and a PlayStation. The loss was estimated at $5,000.

9:30 p.m. – Deputies responded to a rollover accident with a person trapped inside on West Spain Street and Highway 12. The deputies found a vehicle that had flipped and was resting on the driver’s side. The motorist, Kevin McFadden, 58, of Sonoma, was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, but not before he was cited for driving under the influence pending a blood test.

Saturday, Jan. 20:

3:40 p.m. – Deputies were sent to a residence in the 100 block of Vista Court for a domestic disturbance. The victim said the suspect hit her with a cane, the suspect denied it, but Steven Pollock, 62, of Boyes Hot Springs was arrested on charges of felony domestic violence assault and booked into the county jail.

7 p.m. – A 16-year-old male was transported to juvenile hall on numerous charges after getting into a verbal dispute with his “baby mama” that turned physical. When the deputy arrived at the residence in the 18000 block of Railroad Avenue, the teen pushed the deputy and took off running. When the deputy caught up with the teen, he was charged with felony domestic violence assault, battery on a peace officer, child endangerment, false imprisonment and obstructing a peace officer.

Wednesday, Jan. 24:

3:30 a.m. – A 36-year-old Sonoma transient was arrested at a fire in the 100 block of West Verano Avenue. The man had been sleeping in one of the abandoned buildings that wasn’t on fire and woke up when he heard the fire engines. Dustin Roat, 36, was originally arrested for trespass, but when deputies found that he had a piece of wood with a rope tied to it, the added felony charges of possession of a billy or blackjack. He was transported to jail.

9:44 a.m. – While on patrol in the vicinity of Highway 12 and West Spain Street, a deputy saw a miscreant that he knew had some outstanding warrants. The suspect was on pre-trial release with search terms. During a search, the deputy found a substance that he believed to be methamphetamine and a pipe. The 33-year-old man was arrested on his four warrants, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia and transported to jail.

12:26 – A resident in the 400 block of Brownstone Lane reported that she was scammed to the tune of $4,000 after he received a call from someone claiming he worked for a company that made the anti-virus protection system in the woman’s computer. The scammer told the victim he would be getting a refund of $149. But that the scammer accidently entered $4,149 and that he could get in trouble for changing it. He suggested the victim go out and buy eight $500 gift cards and send him the numbers, which she did. She later found the company was no longer offering the refund and she was out the $4,000.

9 p.m. – A 19-year-old Sonoma teen was cited for burglary and minor in possession of alcohol after being caught on video taking two $19 bottles of alcohol from Lucky.

Friday, Jan. 26:

2:20 p.m. – A deputy was sent to check the welfare of an individual at a residence in the 23000 block of Arnold Drive. The 25-year-old Petaluma resident was described as having behavior problems. He failed a controlled substance test and was found to have methamphetamine, heroin residue and prescription drugs that weren’t his. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, and was escorted to county jail.

Sunday, Jan. 28:

12:28 a.m. - While on patrol on Fifth Street West, a deputy noticed a motorist driving erratically. The motorist blew through a stop sign and was weaving. After pulling the motorist over, the deputy noticed signs of alcohol use. The man fared poorly on the field sobriety tests and blew a .18 and .18 on a preliminary alcohol screening. The motorist then opted for a blood draw. Daniel Hrynezuk, 23, of San Jose, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and transported to jail.

11:45 p.m. – Deputies were sent to a residence in the 3000 block of Warm Springs Road for a disturbance. During a search of the residence, they found a rifle, a handgun and ammunition – things that the resident, a convicted felon, was prohibited from owning. The deputies arrested Eric Epperson, 36, of Glen Ellen, on charges of felony being a felon in possession of a firearm, felony prohibited person owning ammunition and under the influence of a controlled substance. He was transported to jail.