A county SWAT team employed an armored vehicle during a standoff with a man reportedly threatening his parents with a firearm. The man, 28, was believed to be in a trailer in the 193500 block of Orange Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. on July 27, but did not respond to deputies on the scene, the SWAT team was deployed. The man was subsequently arrested without incident, and booked for threats to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily injury, resisting arrest and a no bail violation of probation.
Truck as weapon in bizarre Kenwood fight
A Kenwood man was arrested after intentionally hitting a male acquaintance with his pick-up truck, but not before the victim stabbed himself with a knife. Deputies were told the two men got in a fight at about 4:30 p.m. on July 28. Witnesses said the suspect, 35, got in his truck, ran down the other combatant, and fled the scene on the 100 block of Adobe Canyon Rd. Witnesses also reported that the victim was seen stabbing himself in the stomach just prior to being struck by the pick-up. The victim suffered severe blunt force trauma injuries, presumably from being struck by a vehicle, deputies said, as well as multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to his abdomen. The truck was stopped as it headed to Sonoma on Hwy. 12. The suspect was booked into county jail for assault with a deadly weapon.
Countywide human trafficking sting
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and other county agencies participated in a nationwide F.B.I prostitution sting, a two-day sweep that rescued nine females, including three juveniles from sexual exploitation. All but one of the victims was from out of the country. Four pimps were busted during the raids, two from Vallejo and one each out of Sacramento and Oakland. Representatives from Verity, Crossing the Jordan Foundation and the Soroptimist Club of Sonoma County were on scene to provide services to the females. Across the country, 105 minors were rescued and 150 suspected pimps were arrested.
Fire on Donald Street
A blaze in the 700 block of Donald Street destroyed a storage shed and damaged another at about 6 p.m. on July 27. The fire, fueled by an exploding propane tank, spread to nearby piles of wood, but no homes were threatened. The fire was under control within the hour. The cause is under investigation.