Tuesday, 26 May 2015 09:06 pm

Attempted Theft of Antique Wagon

May 26th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 26 May 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 24 May 2015, at approx. 6:25 am

Subject: Attempted Theft of Antique Wagon
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24 May 2015, at approx. 6:25 am, an off duty Tuolumne County Deputy called the Sonora Police Department and reported there was a male subject hooking up a tractor to the horse drawn antique wagon in front of Foothills Café, located at 636 Stockton Road.

An officer responded and contacted the male subject who was wearing a Cal Trans safety vest. The subject was identified as Daniel Parsons, 35 of San Lorenzo. Parsons alleged he had permission from the owners to take the wagon. He even produced a hand written invoice, which indicated the same.

However, when the owners of the business were contacted, they denied giving permission to Parsons to take the wagon. They also related they recently had an issue with Parsons and his son, who had purchased a business in the area. The value of the wagon was estimated between 1,000 and 2,000 dollars.

Parsons was placed under arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for attempted grand theft. It should be noted, Parsons is not a Cal Trans employee.

Photograph of Chief Gorman Found!

May 14th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 14 May 2015

Subject: Photograph of Chief Gorman Found!
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The Sonora Police Department would like to thank Nance Bowell of Valley Springs for her generous donation of a photo of her grandfather Chief Delbert Gorman. Nance also provided us with other information about Chief Gorman which the department greatly appreciates.

Chief Gorman was appointed Chief September 1959, replacing Chief Dewey Walker. He served until July 1960, at which time he was forced to retire because of a medical issue. Chief Gorman spent 15 years with the Palo Alto Police Department before moving to Tuolumne County, where he owned and operated Gorman’s Glass Company. Chief Gorman spent six months with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department before joining the Sonora Police Department.

We are still looking for photographs of the below two listed Chief’s. Anyone who may have a photo or information on the possible whereabouts of a photo is asked to contact the Sonora Police Department at 209-532-8141.

The only two remaining Chief’s to complete our collection are;

Chief Dewey Walker Chief 1959

City Marshall W.H. Dennis Marshall 1910-1920 (Circa)
Chief Gorman

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Parade Information

May 6th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 6 May 2015

Date and Time of Incident: Saturday, 9 May 2015

Subject: Round-Up Parade Street Closures and No Parking Zones
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Saturday, 9th May 2015, will be the annual Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse, Mother Lode Round-Up Parade. This event will bring thousands of visitors to the downtown area of Sonora.

Several streets will be closed before and during the parade. People need to plan ahead if they are attending the parade or trying to get through town during the parade. Detours will be posted for those streets that will be closed. The following are the major street closures before and during the parade;

South Washington Street at State Highway 108 will be closed at 8:00 am.

North and South Washington Street will be closed at 9:30 am.

Stockton Road at Green Street will be closed at 9:30 am.

Snell Street at Bonanza Street will be closed at 9:30 am.

School Street between Washington Street and Snell Street will be closed at 9:00 am.

“No parking” will be allowed on Washington Street from Elkin Street to Toby Street, between 5 am and the end of the parade. “No parking” will be allowed on Stockton Road between Washington Street and 70 Stockton Road, between 5 am and the end of the parade. Special signs have been posted for these “No parking” zones. Unfortunately, if you park in these areas your vehicle will be towed!

There will be “No Parking” allowed on the side streets between Washington Street and Green Street and between Washington Street and Stewart Street. This will include Elkin Street, Dodge Street, Jackson Street, Yaney Street, Bradford Street, Theall Street, Linoberg Street, Church Street, June Street, Gold Street, Williams Street, and Lytton Street. These restrictions will start at 5:00 am and will conclude at the end of the parade. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed!

If you are planning on attending the parade, the Sonora Police Department encourages you to arrive before 9:00 am. This will allow you time to find parking and get settled before the majority of the street closures occur. Once the street closures occur, vehicles will not be allowed into the parade route area, even if you are a participant in the parade and running late.

Following the parade, the parade route will remain closed for approx. 10-15 minutes to allow spectators to leave the area. Motorists can expect heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the conclusion of the parade resulting5-6 Round-Up Map photo in delays.

If you have any questions, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Accident

April 28th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 28 April 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 27 April 2015, at approx. 4:19 pm

Subject: Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Accident
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27 April 2015, at approx. 4:19 pm, emergency personnel from the City of Sonora responded to Mono Way in front of Timberhill’s Shopping Center for a reported vehicle vs. motorcyclist accident.

Roger Hughes, 34 of Tuolumne, was operating a 2011 Harley Division motorcycle, while traveling eastbound on Mono Way. Nancy Fagan, 75 of Jamestown, was operating a 2013 Honda, and was exiting the center entrance/exit of the Timberhill’s Shopping Center. As Fagan crossed the eastbound traffic lanes of Mono Way, Hughes struck the left front side of Fagan’s vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle.

Hughes suffered major head trauma and was airlifted to a Modesto area hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition. The investigation into this matter is ongoing. The eastbound lanes of Mono Way were closed for approx. 45 minutes as a result of the accident.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

April 14th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 14 April 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 13 April 2015, at approx. 9:07 pm

Subject: Vehicle VS. Pedestrian Accident
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13 April 2015, at approx. 9:07 pm, emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Washington Street and Dodge Lane for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian accident involving two pedestrians.

Officers determined Irma Bernal, 56 of Sonora, was traveling on Washington Street in a 2001 Hyundai, at approx. 20 miles per hour, when she failed to see Steven Taylor, 69, and Ann Taylor, 67, both of Twain Harte, crossing Washington Street in a marked crosswalk.

Bernal struck both the Taylors knocking them to the pavement. Steven Taylor sustained a large laceration to his head and sought his own medical treatment. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Washington Street was closed for a half hour. The investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Police Officer Recruitment

April 7th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 7 April 2015

Subject: Police Officer Recruitment
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The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of Police Officer. The position is open to Police Academy graduates and Lateral Officers. Testing will be conducted in the near future.

The base salary is $4,378-$5,321 a month, with additional pay incentives available for Intermediate & Advanced POST certificates (2.5% each); educational incentive of 2.5% for an Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree; 5.0% incentive for special assignments (FTO, Investigator, Computer Network Manager and Traffic Officer.)

For more information about this career opportunity, log onto www.sonoraca.com and obtain a job flyer and download a job application; or you may stop by the Sonora Police Department (100 S. Green Street) or the City of Sonora (94 N. Washington Street) and pick-up a flyer and application.

Ashes lead to assault with a deadly weapon arrest

March 23rd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 23 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 20 March 2015, at approx. 5:00 pm

Subject: Ashes Lead to Assault with a Deadly Weapon
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20 March 2015, at approx. 5:00 pm, an officer contacted a victim of an assault, who was being treated in the emergency room of Sonora Regional Medical Center for a laceration to her head.

The victim told the officer she had gone to a residence located on Arbona Circle to pick up some items of hers and to return the ashes of Christine Bright’s brother-in-law. While at the residence, the victim and Bright became engaged in a verbal dispute over the ashes and other items. When the victim got back into her vehicle to leave, Bright struck the victim in the head with a propane torch, resulting in a laceration to the victim’s head, which required staples.

Officers contacted Bright at her residence on Arbona Circle. Bright alleged the victim had stolen her brother-in-laws ashes the day before. Bright further alleged when the victim arrived to her residence, the victim started throwing her brother-in-laws ashes around the residence. This and other things led to a heated argument, but Bright denied striking the victim and claimed she had no idea how the victim sustained the injury to her head.

Several witnesses were contacted and supported what the victim had told officers. Bright was taken into custody and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon and felony committing a felony while out of jail on bail or on an OR release. Bright had been arrested on 14 March 2015, for assault with a deadly weapon after she attacked someone with a yard light, injuring the victim in that case as well.

Assault on Officer with a Deadly Weapon

March 19th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 19 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 18 March 2015

Subject: Assault on Officer with a Deadly Weapon Arrest
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18 March 2015, at approx. 12:04 pm, two officers were at the Inn’s of California following up on another matter, when they were contacted by hotel staff. The staff requested a welfare check on a five month old child, whose parents appeared to be intoxicated and possibly unable to care for the child.

The officers contacted Christopher Teter, 39, transient Sonora, and Cristin Teter, 33 transient Sonora, inside their hotel room, which Christopher had invited them into. While inside the room and speaking with both the Teter’s about the staff’s concerns, Cristin charged one of the officers and attempted to hit her.

Both the officers grabbed Cristin and restrained her on a bed. While restraining Cristin, Christopher started attempting to pull the officers away from Cristin. The officers then turned their attention to Christopher and attempted to place him in handcuffs. While wrestling with Christopher and attempting to restrain him, Cristin removed one of the officer’s baton from his duty belt and starting hitting him with it. At this point Cristin was pepper sprayed, ending her attack, after she had struck the officer two to three times with the baton.

Both Christopher and Cristin were then restrained in handcuffs. Cristin continued being combative and damaged a patrol car while being placed inside it. Both were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked.

Cristin was booked for felony assault on an officer with a deadly weapon, felony resisting an office with force and violence, felony taking a non-firearm weapon from an officer, and felony child endangerment.

Christopher was booked for felony child endangerment, misdemeanor obstructing an officer, and on an outstanding warrant.

The five month old child was taken into protective custody and turned over to Child Welfare Services. One officer received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Update-Photographs of Chiefs

March 17th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 17 March 2015

Subject: Update-Photographs of Chiefs
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The Sonora Police Department has received numerous calls regarding our quest to locate photographs of past Chiefs of the Department. Unfortunately, a lot of the calls have lead to dead ends. However, two calls were very exciting and successful.

The first successful call came from Misty Wilson who represents the Marquette family. The Marquette family loaned us photographs of Chief William Johnson, who was Chief from 1928-1934. Chief Johnson was the first official Chief after the California State Legislator changed the title of Town Marsh to Chief of Police. The photographs depicted Chief Johnson proudly wearing his uniform.

The Marquette family also made the extremely generous donation of Chief Johnson’s hat, which is possibly the same one he is wearing in the photographs. The hat will be displayed in our historical display case in our lobby. Along with the hat, the Marquette family donated the leather rain cover for the hat. This was an overwhelming gift from the Marquette family to help Chief Johnson’s legacy live on as the first official Chief of Police for the City of Sonora.

The second call came from Mr. Leon Craves, who is the great nephew of Chief Charles Hale. Chief Hale served as Chief from 1934-1939. Mr. Craves remembered traveling to Sonora to visit his great uncle “Charley” during the soapbox derby races on Washington Street and eating lunch with him at the Sonora Inn. Chief Hale owned an appliance business in Sonora, then later, one in Angel’s Camp. He also co-owned Ford Motor Company in Turlock, where he is buried. Mr. Craves was able to direct us to an online photo of Chief Hale, which we were able to obtain to add to our display.

The Sonora Police Department is grateful for the generous donation and information from Misty Wilson, the Marquette family, and Mr. Leon Craves.

We have received several calls regarding possible photographs of both Chief Walker and Chief Gorman, but to date, they have not resulted in us locating any photographs. If you have photographs or information on the possible location of photographs of any of the below listed Chiefs, please call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

W.H. Dennis 1910-1920 (Cirea)

Dewey Walker 1959Chief Johnson

Chief Hale

Delbert Gorman 1959-1960

New Explorer Members

March 13th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 13 March 2015

Subject: New Explorer Members
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The Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post #364 continues to expand. On Monday, 2 March 2015, two new Explorers were sworn in before the City Council. The two new members are Victor Battle and Nick Cragholm.

There are several requirements these two young men had to accomplish before reaching this point. Some of these requirements are set by the Boy Scouts of America, who charter the Explorer Post.

Victor is a freshman at Sonora High School, where he runs cross country. Victor has been with the Explorer program for approximately eight months. After high school Victor plans to join the U.S. Marines and become a Military Police Officer. Victor’s personal motto is, “Pain is weakness leaving your body.”

Nick is also a freshman at Sonora High School. Nick plays football, wrestles and is on the trap team. He has been in the Explorer program for approximately eight months as well. Nick also plans on joining the U.S. Marines after high school. Nick’s long range goal is a career in law enforcement.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Sonora Police Department’s Explorer Post #364. Numerous individuals who have been part of the Department’s Explorer Program have gone on to successful careers in law enforcement.

The Police Explorer Program is an excellent training program for those seeking a career in law enforcement, or who just want to learn a little about the field of law enforcement. If you know someone between the ages of 14 and 21, who might be interested in this valuable program, please call us at 532-8141
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Update: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

March 9th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 9 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 7 March 2015, at approx. 8:08 pm

Update: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
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9 March 2015, the Sonora Police Department was contacted by the Stanislaus County Coroners Officer and advised that the female pedestrian in the vehicle vs. pedestrian accident on Stockton Road, on Saturday, 7 March 2015, has passed away as the result of the injuries she sustained from the incident.

The female pedestrian has been identified as Kathy Warner, 61 of Stockton. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

March 9th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 9 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 7 March 2015, at approx. 8:08 pm

Subject: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
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7 March 2015, at approx. 8:08 pm, emergency personnel responded to the area of Stockton Road (Highway 49) near Forest Rd., for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian accident.
So far, it has been determined that Joseph McFadden, 71 of Atwater, was traveling westbound on Stockton Rd., in a 2011 Lincoln Town Car, when he struck a 61 year old female pedestrian, who was walking along the north edge of the roadway after attending the Celtic Fair.
The force of the impact knocked the female pedestrian over the vehicle and onto the pavement. The pedestrian suffered major head trauma and was airlifted to Modesto, where she was listed in extremely critical condition.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.

Recruitment-Community Service Officer

March 5th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 5 March 2015

Subject: Recruitment Part-Time Community Service Officer
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The Sonora Police Department is recruiting for the position of Part-Time Un-Benefitted Community Service Officer. This is a non-sworn, uniformed position within the Police Department. This specific position will be assigned patrol duties, which include, but are not limited to:

• Patrolling the City in a radio equipped vehicle
• Answering calls of non-hazardous incidences
• Preparing reports on; traffic collisions, burglaries, thefts, frauds, vandalism, lost and found property, and violations of the City municipal code
• Maintaining contact with citizens regarding potential enforcement problems
• Interviewing and/or photographing victims, reporting parties, and witnesses
• Gathering and preserving evidence of crimes
• Learning, interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes and regulations
• Directing and controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic
• Serving subpoenas
• Testifying in court
• Performing other duties as assigned

Minimum requirements:

• Possession of a valid Class C California Drivers license and a good driving record
• Be able to work irregular hours, shift work, weekends, holidays and being able to respond to emergency calls
• Graduated from an accredited high school or possession of a GED
• Be able to pass an extensive law enforcement background check

Desirable education and experience:

• Possession of a valid California Penal Code 832 Certificate
• Some college course work
• Training in law enforcement, criminology, police science or a related field
• Clerical or civilian law enforcement experience, including public contact and keyboarding

This is a part-time, un-benefitted position, with a salary range of $18.20-$22.12 an hour. The average work week will consist of approximately 20 hours a week.

For more information about this career opportunity and to obtain a complete job description, log onto www.sonoraca.com and obtain a job flyer and download a job application; or you may stop by the Sonora Police Department (100 S. Green Street) or the City of Sonora (94 N. Washington Street) and pick-up a flyer and application. The final filing date is Friday, 27 March 2015, with a projected testing date of Wednesday, 8 April 2015.

Damage

March 2nd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 2 March 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 1 March 2015, at approx. 4:42 pm

Subject: Damage
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1 March 2015, at approx. 4:42 pm, a 2000 Silver Nissan pick-up was eastbound on the 1000 block of Mono Way, when the female driver deliberately drove the vehicle into the new retaining wall on the north side of Mono Way.

The truck sustained moderate damage and the wall had minor damage. The female driver was transported by ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Burglary Arrest

February 24th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 24 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 24 February 2015, at approx. 1:56 am

Subject: Burglary Arrest
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24 February 2015, at approx. 1:56 am, while performing a patrol check of Rotary Park, an officer observed an open door to the Little League utility shed. As the officer approached the shed, he noticed a flickering light inside the shed, along with a Chevy pick-up parked close by with a subject sitting inside it.

The officer ordered the subject out of the shed. This subject was identified as Joseph Cox, 20 of Groveland. The subject sitting in the truck was identified as Cody Silva, 20 of Sonora. Upon inspecting the door of the shed, it was determined it had been pried open to gain entry.

Cox and Silva were placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail where they were booked for felony burglary and felony conspiracy to commit a crime.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrests

February 24th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 24 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 22 February 2015, at approx. 11:59 am

Subject: Assault With A Deadly Weapon Arrests
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22 February 2015, at approx. 11:59 am, Officers from the Sonora Police Department responded to a reported large physical fight in progress in the parking lot of 420 Greenley Road. When officers arrived, they contacted several individuals who had been involved in a fight.

An investigation into the matter revealed three people had gone to the apartment complex to drop off a 7 year old child for visitation. During the child exchange, an argument between the biological parents, Amy Hughes, 27 of Sonora, and Brandon Evans, 25 of Sonora, began. The argument was regarding a phone conversation which had taken place the day before.

As the verbal argument escalated, Hughes’ boyfriend, Jason Arnold, 32 of Sonora, exited Hughes’ apartment and joined the argument. This led to Evans arming himself with a knife and brandishing it at Arnold and Arnold arming himself with a baseball bat.

Evans and Arnold decided they would fight each other “like men” and put their weapons aside. They then became engaged in a hand to hand physical altercation with each other, as several people watched. At some point during the fist fight, James Franks, 25 of Sonora, who had arrived with Evans, joined the altercation by striking Arnold several times in the head and body with a baseball bat.

Arnold continued fighting with Evans, even after he had been struck by Franks with the baseball bat. Arnold finally pinned Evans to the ground. At this point Hughes picked up the baseball bat and struck Evans several times. Hughes was joined by, Cheryl Howell, 57 of Sonora, who also started hitting Evans with a small baseball bat or wooden club.

All the involved parties suffered injuries as a result of the melee. Medics were called to the scene to triage the involved individuals. Arnold and Howell were transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. Arnold sustained a large laceration to his head requiring several staples, while Howell’s injuries were more minor. The other three individuals were treated at the scene and released.

After all five were treated for their injuries, they were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. Hughes, Howell, Franks and Arnold were booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon. Hughes was also booked for felony assault on an ex cohabitant. Evans was booked for brandishing a deadly weapon.

Burglary and Vehicle Theft Arrest

February 23rd, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 23 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 20 February 2015

Subject: Burglary and Vehicle Theft Arrest
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During the morning of 20 February 2015, Christopher Warfield, 37 of Oakdale, was released from the Tuolumne County Jail, where he had been booked by the Sheriff’s Department on a warrant and for tampering with a vehicle. Warfield is on felony probation out of Stanislaus County for numerous violations, including burglary and possession of stolen property.

After Warfield was released from the Tuolumne County Jail, he observed a subject leaving their residence on West Jackson Street. After the subject left their residence, Warfield burglarized it and left his jacket behind. His jacket was later identified by jail video and staff.

After committing the burglary on West Jackson Street, Warfield was observed sitting in a parked vehicle, which didn’t belong to him, on Linoberg Street. Warfield then made his way to the lower Save-Mart, where he was observed looking into several vehicles.

As officers looked for Warfield, he walked to McCoy’s Tires, where he stole a truck belonging to the owner, which was parked in front of an open bay door. Inside the truck was a loaded handgun. Employees observed Warfield driving off in the truck and gave chase. The employees were able to box Warfield in on Saco Street in Jamestown.

The employees removed Warfield from the truck and called law enforcement. Warfield then attempted to flee and he was tackled by the employees and held until officers arrived. Warfield was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for felony vehicle theft, felony burglary, felony felon in possession of a firearm, and felony violation of probation. It is believed Warfield is also responsible for another burglary in the Jamestown area.

Employee/Volunteers of the Year

February 19th, 2015

Date: 19 February 2015

Re: Employee/Volunteer Recognition

The Sonora Police Department’s Awards Committee recommended the following individuals be recognized as Employees/Volunteers of the Year for the Police Department.
On 17 February, all the individuals were recognized before the City Council and were presented certificates for their accomplishment. Each individual will have their name added to the perpetual plaques which are displayed in the lobby of the Police Department. The recipients were;

Officer of the Year: Ryan Webb
Civilian Employee of the Year: Tammy Gillespie
Reserve Officer of the Year: Sgt. Glenn Roberts
PACT member of the Year: Steve Bailey
Explorer of the Year: Matthew Roberts
MADD Officer of the Year: Jonathan Ma (22)

Also recognized at the meeting for their years of service to the City were;

Dispatcher Tammy Gillespie-15 years of service
Dispatcher Krishna Livingston-10 years of service
Sgt. Turu VanderWiel-10 years of service
Chief Mark Stinson-10 years of service

Sexual Assault

February 17th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 17 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 16 February 2015

Subject: Sexual Assault
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16 February 2015, at approx. 7:56 pm, Officers responded to the area of the 300 block of South Shepherd Street regarding a female subject knocking on doors asking for help. Officers responded and contacted a 19 year old female, who reported she had been attacked and sexually assault by a stranger.

The female reported she was walking on the trail which runs between 250 Greenley Road and Morning Star Court, around 5:30 pm, when a male subject approached her from behind and placed a knife to her throat. The male subject told the victim that if she didn’t do what he told her to do, he would kill her.

The male forced the victim under an overhang of a residence located on Morningstar Drive, where he sexually assaulted her. Following the assault, the suspect left the victim under the overhang and ran towards Morningstar Drive.

The suspect is described as a white male, unknown age, medium/athletic build, dirty blonde facial hair, wearing a gray beanie, blue t-shirt, gloves, and black pants. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.

Armed Robbery

February 17th, 2015

Date and Time of Release: 17 February 2015

Date and Time of Incident: 15 February 2015

Subject: Armed Robbery
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15 February 2015, at approx. 1:30 am, the Sonora Police Department responded to the Koto House, located at 70 Stockton Road, for a reported armed robbery.

When Officers arrived they made contact with the owner. The owner related the business had closed for the night. While inside the office, he was approached by a male suspect. The suspect was wearing a ski mask and holding a knife, which he had armed himself with from inside the restaurant.

The suspect demanded cash from the owner. The owner advised the suspect he needed to go to the cash register. The suspect told the owner the register was already empty. When the owner related there was no more cash inside the business, the suspect put the knife down and fled out a side door.

The suspect is described as 5-6 to 5-8, average build. The ski mask the suspect was wearing covered his entire face. It’s believed there was a second subject inside the business as well, but they were not observed by the owner. Entry into the closed business was made through an unlocked side door.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sonora Police Department at 523-8141.