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    A Northern California Apple store was targeted by thieves Wednesday in the latest smash-and-grab theft as mobs continue to commit brazen burglaries on retail shops in several U.S. cities.  Four suspects walked into the Apple store just after 11:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa, 55 miles north of San Francisco, and stole more than $20,000 worth of merchandise in broad daylight in front of customers and staff, authorities said.  LA THIEVES ATTACK SECURITY GUARD IN CALIFORNIA'S LATEST SMASH-AND-GRAB Police in Santa Rosa, California are looking for four suspects involved in a Wednesday smash-and-grab burglary at an Apple store.  (Santa Rosa Police Department ) They fled in a vehicle and ranged in age from 14 to 18-years-old, the Santa Rosa Police Department said. They were wearing black clothing and masks.  The incident follows similar burglaries involving dozens of suspects that have ransacked numerous stores in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.  Hours after the Apple burglary, five suspects in Los Angeles stole about $25,000 worth of merchandise from a Nordstrom inside the Westfield Topanga mall and used bear spray on a security...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Investigators released additional details Wednesday surrounding the in-custody death of a Santa Rosa shooting suspect who succumbed last week after a physical struggle with several officers and being shot twice with a Taser. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office coroners unit has identified the dead man as Jordon Pas, a 40-year-old Santa Rosa resident. READ MORE: Oakland Police Asks For Public’s Help Finding Dozens Of Suspects In Store BurglaryInvestigators also released a photo of a weapon Pas allegedly had been carrying and a surveillance image of him discharging the weapon into a car. According to police, they received a call from someone who heard several gunshots being fired in the neighborhood around Peach Court at around 1:19 a.m. on Nov. 18th. Shortly after, police received additional calls regarding a man, later identified as Pas, walking around a neighborhood with a gun. Investigators released details of the timeline between the initial call and Pas’ death. At approximately 1:29 a.m., officers arrived on the scene and found Pas at the west end of Peach Court shirtless, holding a...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Police in Santa Rosa are investigating the stabbing of two teenage girls during recent sideshow activity, authorities said. On Thursday evening at approximately 7 p.m., Santa Rosa police dispatch started receiving calls about people gathering at the intersection of West Avenue and Sebastopol Road, with sideshow activity reported a short time later. Police were unable to immediately respond due to staffing levels and other high-priority calls, and the sideshow quickly grew to 300-400 people and 50-70 vehicles. READ MORE: Light Showers Forecast For North Bay With Chance of Sprinkles Further South Traffic units were eventually dispatched along with members of the department’s Special Enforcement Team and other available patrol units. As other units became available, officers began to make traffic stops and identify vehicles involved in the illegal activity, eventually gathering enough resources to help break up the sideshow. One person was arrested for participating in a sideshow and their vehicle was impounded for 30-days and several other vehicles were identified. The department plans to conduct follow-up investigation to identify drivers for criminal prosecution...
    SANTA ROSA (BCN) — A person who saw a man set a fire in a field next to a Santa Rosa shopping center Saturday morning was joined by several others who were nearby to surround and detain the suspect until police arrived. Police responded to an 11 a.m. report of a subject who had lit a field on fire behind the Bay Village Shopping Center at 3080 Marlow Road, according to a news release issued Saturday night by Santa Rosa Police Department. READ MORE: Its Devastating; Storeowners Surveillance Video Captures Oakland Crash That Left 6 Children Injured Officers found the suspect, 43-year-old Jacey Steven Ludwicki, of Santa Rosa, surrounded by several people, one of whom told police the suspect lit something on fire and dropped it on the ground before trying to fan the flames. READ MORE: Multifaith 9/11 Remembrance in Palo Alto Highlights Muslim Community Police arrested Ludwicki on suspicion of arson and violating his probation terms. Police said they found a lighter on Ludwicki, who admitted to intentionally lighting the fire. Firefighters from the Santa Rosa Fire Department...
    Bay City News Service SANTA ROSA — A person who saw a man set a fire in a field next to a Santa Rosa shopping center Saturday morning was joined by several others who were nearby to surround and detain the suspect until police arrived. Police responded to an 11 a.m. report of a subject who had lit a field on fire behind the Bay Village Shopping Center at 3080 Marlow Road, according to a news release issued Saturday night by Santa Rosa Police Department. Officers found the suspect, 43-year-old Jacey Steven Ludwicki, of Santa Rosa, surrounded by several people, one of whom told police the suspect lit something on fire and dropped it on the ground before trying to fan the flames. Police arrested Ludwicki on suspicion of arson and violating his probation terms. Police said they found a lighter on Ludwicki, who admitted to intentionally lighting the fire. Related Articles Two arrested on suspicion of setting fires in Amador County Man charged with sexually assaulting and murdering Northern California woman in her home ...
    Three women were arrested for allegedly leaving a severed pig’s head at the former residence of a person who testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Sacramento Bee reported. The Santa Rosa Police Department arrested Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35, all residents of Santa Rosa. The trio was charged with conspiracy and felony counts of vandalism. The residence was the former home of Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa Police Department officer who testified in defense of Chauvin in the trial over the murder of George Floyd, according to the Bee. Brodd has not been a resident at the property for several years and police believe the women unknowingly vandalized the incorrect residence. Brodd testified as an expert witness that Chauvin was justified in his actions and “was acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd,” ABC News reported. Blood Vandalism to House and Santa Rosa Statue https://t.co/zsGITrTQ2k — Santa Rosa Police (@SantaRosaPolice) April 18, 2021 The suspects are also accused of vandalizing...
    SANTA ROSA — The city of Santa Rosa announced it will pay $1.9 million, including attorneys’ fees, to end a lawsuit brought by people who said they were injured by tear gas and projectiles police used during protests last summer over police practices. Marqus Martinez and Michaela Staggs, who were seriously injured, according to court documents, originally asked the court to make the lawsuit a class action. The settlement, which the city announced on Friday following negotiations that it said lasted all day Tuesday, involves Martinez, Staggs and three other plaintiffs. Judge Vince Chabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found in August that police may have violated the protesters’ rights to free speech and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure, as provided by the First and Fourth Amendments. In a November ruling that allowed the case to continue, however, Chabria dismissed the plaintiffs’ free-speech claims. He distinguished the case from more common ones alleging “misconduct against one or two citizens” and said the city was more likely to be liable in this...
                      by Eric Lendrum  Far-left domestic terrorists attempted to intimidate one of the key witnesses in the defense of Derek Chauvin over the weekend, but instead ended up vandalizing the wrong house, according to ABC News. Barry Brodd, a former training officer with the Santa Rosa Police Department, testified during the defense of Chauvin, who is accused of murder in the death of George Floyd last year. Brodd concluded that, from his review of the evidence, Chauvin’s use of his knee to restrain Floyd was ultimately justified, and that he “was acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd.” Following his testimony, a group of vandals dressed in all-black targeted his home in Santa Rosa early Saturday morning, throwing a severed pig’s head onto the front porch and splashing blood on the front of the building. However, Brodd no longer lives in that home, and the police were called by the terrified new homeowners at about 3 AM. The...
    A composite image of former Santa Rosa, California, police officer Barry Brodd testifying at Derek Chauvin's trial (left) and some of the vandalism at Brodd's old house. AP/Santa Rosa Police Former police officer Barry Brodd testified for Derek Chauvin's defense last week.  He said Chauvin's actions while arresting George Floyd were "objectively reasonable." On Saturday, vandals splashed red liquid and left a pig's head outside Brodd's former home, police said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Four days after the use-of-force expert Barry Brodd testified that Derek Chauvin's actions arresting George Floyd were "objectively reasonable," his former home in California was vandalized.  According to a press release from the Santa Rosa Police Department, the current residents of Brodd's former home were awakened shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday "by a group of subjects who threw a pig's head on their front porch and plastered blood on the front of their house."  Police believe the group, dressed all in black, went on to vandalize a statue at the Santa Rosa Plaza mall with a similar substance, believed to...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Vandals left blood and a severed pig’s head at the former Santa Rosa home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of killing George Floyd, police said. Blood was smeared on the house that once belonged to Barry Brodd, a retired police officer who was on the stand in the Minneapolis murder trial last week, according to a police statement Saturday. READ MORE: 18-Year-Old Killed, 3 Other Teens Suffer Major Injuries In Suspected DUI Crash In Solano County “It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” the Santa Rosa Police Department said. “Mr. Brodd has not lived at the residence for a number of years and is no longer a resident of California.” Officers responding around 3 a.m. Saturday found a severed pig’s head on the front porch and blood on the residence, police said. “Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted,” the statement said. Investigators believe the same vandals also...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The former Northern California home of an expert police use-of-force witness who testified last week for the defense in the Derek Chauvin murder trial was targeted over the weekend by vandals, police said.Police in Santa Rosa, California, said the vandalism occurred early Saturday morning at the former home of Barry Brodd, a former Santa Rosa Police Department training officer, who moved out of the residence several years ago and no longer lives in the state."Because Mr. Brodd no longer lives in the city of Santa Rosa, it appears the victim was falsely targeted," Santa Rosa police said in a statement.Police were called to the home just after 3 a.m. by the new homeowners, who told officers they were awakened by a group of people dressed all in black, who threw a severed pig's head on their front porch and splattered blood on the front of their house, officials said."It appears the suspects in this vandalism were targeting Mr. Brodd for his testimony," the police statement reads.About 45 minutes later, a statue of a giant hand outside...
    SANTA ROSA (BCN) — Santa Rosa police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Chase Bank branch on Monday. Shortly after noon, the suspect gave a bank teller a note that demanded money and claimed he was armed. The teller gave him an unknown amount of money and the man fled eastbound on foot. READ MORE: Frustration, Anger Grows Among Residents Over Weekend Oakland Sideshows Officers conducted an extensive search but were unable to find the suspect, Surveillance image of suspect who robbed a Chase Bank in Santa Rosa. (Santa Rosa Police Department) He is described as a white male in his late 40s to early 50s, between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with a heavy build and wearing a green knitted cap, gray hoodie and gray sweatpants. READ MORE: COVID: Moderna Begins Testing Vaccine On Children The Santa Rosa Police Department encourages anyone who witnessed the robbery, or who has information about the case, to contact them through the Tip Line at http://www.srcity.org/CrimeTips. A reward of up to $2,500 —...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Police in Santa Rosa on Tuesday announced they were seeking additional victims after the arrest of a church volunteer accused of sexually abusing a juvenile starting when the victim was only 12 years old. Santa Rosa police issued a news release Tuesday stating that last week on January 27, the department’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Team began conducting a sexual assault investigation that involved a “small group leader” volunteer at Santa Rosa’s New Vintage Church and a 12-year-old victim. “Small groups are a key aspect of our church community,” according to information posted on the New Vintage Church website. “Most meet weekly in the home of a group member (usually the leader’s home). Some of our small groups meet at the church campus.” The investigation, established probable cause that the suspect — identified as 55-year-old Santa Rosa resident Drue Mordecai — had sexually abused the juvenile victim for approximately four to five years starting when the victim was just 12 years old. Santa Rosa sexual assault suspect Drue Mordecai (Santa Rosa Police Department) Police...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – Authorities in Santa Rosa announced Friday that a dozen vehicles have been impounded so far in response to recent sideshows. Police said Friday that the events have occurred “regularly” in the North Bay city over the last several months and range in size from 25 to 300 vehicles. Participants include local residents and people from across the Bay Area. “Recently, the Santa Rosa Police Department has obtained court orders to impound multiple vehicles involved in this illicit and illegal sideshow activity,” the department said in a video. A yellow Chevrolet Camaro coupe, one of the vehicles impounded as Santa Rosa Police cracks down on vehicles involved in recent sideshows. (Santa Rosa Police Department) Following numerous complaints, 12 vehicles have been taken from their owners and will be impounded for 30 days. Video from the department showed several vehicles being impounded, including sports cars, sedans and even pickup trucks. Details about the vehicle owners or about the sideshow events they were alleged to have participated in was not immediately available. Owners will be responsible for all...
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