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Sonoma police beat: Throw a rock, go to jail

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A Sonoma man is being held on $20,000 bail after he reportedly threw a rock through a plate glass window at a convenience store and stole some alcohol.

Early Saturday, April 28, a video from the Quick Stop at 900 Grove St., shows Dustin James Roat, 36, of Sonoma, approach the front window with a rock in his hand and walk away with bottles of alcohol.

When they saw the video, deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office recognized Roat from prior incidents.

Deputies found Roat late Sunday morning and arrested him on charges of felony burglary and felony vandalism. After cuffing him, Roat started pounding his head on the windshield of the patrol car, cracking it – resulting in another felony vandalism charge. Roat continued to struggle and deputies ended up putting him in maximum restraints. Roat is also facing petty theft charges after reportedly steeling tools off a fire truck on April 28.

In other incidents reportedly recently to Valley law enforcement:

Friday, April 20:

12:16 p.m. – A Springs resident reported that he had received a letter from a collection agency telling him he was $462 in arrears on a Comcast bill for a residence in Fresno. Since the man didn’t have a Comcast account and had never lived in Fresno, it was surmised that someone had used his ID to open the fraudulent account.

Thursday, April 26:

6:45 p.m. – While on patrol on Warm Springs Road, a deputy noticed a car with a male and female inside parked on the shoulder that had an expired registration. By the time he turned around, the vehicle had a head start, but the deputy caught up and made the stop. The deputy recognized the driver, who was on probation. After getting the driver out of the car, the deputy discovered a discarded meth pipe nearby. After running some tests, the deputy decided the motorist was under the influence of a stimulant. He found another meth pipe and some meth on the 17-year-old female passenger. The 30-year-old motorist was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a probation violation and transported to jail. The 17-year-old female was cited for possession of a controlled substance.

9:03 p.m. – Deputies responded to a residence in the 13500 block of Railroad in Glen Ellen for a report of domestic violence. The victim told deputies nothing had happened, but witnesses told deputies that the suspect hit the victim with a metal rod. The victim told deputies she didn’t want the suspect to get into trouble. But the deputies arrested Ricardo Saavedra-Cuevas, 35, of Glen Ellen, on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, felony domestic violence assault, misdemeanor domestic violence battery and an outstanding warrant.

Monday, April 30:

8:29 p.m. – Deputies were sent to a residence in the 18300 block of Sierra Drive for a report of domestic violence. The incident on this date was verbal only, but on March 30, the suspect threatened to kill the victim if she left and called law enforcement. Deputies arrested Miguel Carmona, 28, of Sonoma, on charges of felony threatening crime with intent to terrorize, felony false imprisonment and felony domestic violence assault with injury.

Tuesday, May 1:

9:57 p.m. – A head-on collision on Highway 12 just north of Ramone Street sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries and one driver to jail facing felony DUI charges. A Lexus was northbound on Highway 12 and drifted into the southbound lanes colliding head-on with a second vehicle. The Lexus driver told deputies he dozed off and drifted into the other lane, but he also admitted he had a few drinks.

He showed a .093 on a preliminary alcohol screening and later a .09 at the police department. Russell Mendoza, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested on charges of felony DUI causing bodily injury.