A 20-year-old Napa resident is being held in jail on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was assaulted with a hammer, according to authorities.
Uziel Alejandro Gonzalez was arrested Jan. 25 in connection with an attack on Thomas Richard Wilson, who was hospitalized for a fractured skull and brain swelling, according to a complaint filed by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Gonzalez, who has been held without bail in the Napa County Jail since his arrest, was arraigned Friday in Napa County Superior Court.
Gonzalez was one of three men who entered an occupied home to confront Wilson and ask him for money, the complaint states. Afterward, Gonzalez, who also was carrying a handgun, struck Wilson in the head before fleeing with the other two men, according to the complaint.
After Gonzalez was identified through a photo lineup as the attacker later in the day, sheriff’s deputies found and arrested him in the 1200 block of Soda Canyon Road, north of Napa, the complaint stated.
Gonzalez’ arrest was posted in the Napa jail’s online log on the day of his booking, but the Sheriff’s Office has declined to share details about the case.
A driver was arrested after a brief chase through a Napa neighborhood early Saturday morning, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.
At about 12:30 a.m., a sheriff's deputy tried to stop a pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Eric Anthony Branan for a vehicle violation at Wilkins and Shetler avenues, but the driver failed to yield and instead turned off his headlights and sped up, according to Deputy Jerry Bohlander. The pickup then reached 80 mph on residential streets with a 30 mph limit, driving through stop signs and over a dip in the pavement, Bohlander said.
Later, Branan, who has no listed address, pulled up on Seville Street and ran into the yard of a nearby home before the deputy finally detained him, according to Bohlander. He was booked into the Napa County jail on a felony allegation of failing to yield to a peace officer, as well as for three counts of violating his probation.
A Napa man was arrested in connection to a stabbing Sunday morning, according to police.
Officers were called to the 600 block of Soscol Avenue at 7:26 a.m., and found a man with stab wounds along the roadway, according to Cpl. Tommy Keener. About a half-hour later, police found and detained 37-year-old Jesus Rangel nearby in the 500 block of Soscol, and found a knife on his person, Keener said.
Rangel, who police said had a dispute with the victim shortly before the stabbing, was booked into the Napa County jail for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with what Keener described as non-life-threatening injuries.
A driver suffered major injuries after her car crashed into a tree on Saturday morning in St. Helena.
Nancy Chavez, 30, was driving southbound on Highway 29 just south of Whitehall Lane when her car drifted to the right and crashed into a large tree at 2:10 a.m., reports California Highway Patrol officials. Despite wearing a seatbelt, Chavez, a St. Helena resident, sustained major injuries and was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
CHP reported that it appeared alcohol played a factor in the crash. Chavez was arrested, but charges had not been filed with the Napa County justice system as of Saturday afternoon.
Napa Fire, Napa County Sheriff’s Office and American Medical Response also responded to the scene. The incident is still under investigation, reports CHP.
A Napa woman was arrested in connection with an incident at a house party Wednesday night, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.
Jessica Marie Davis, 34, was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of felony battery. The allegation stemmed from a disturbance during a party in the 2100 block of Parrish Road in southeast Napa, where a man told deputies a beer bottle was thrown at his head, according to sheriff's spokesperson Henry Wofford.
After deputies were called to the house at 9:46 p.m., Davis complained of a headache and said the man had punched her, Wofford said. Deputies later found the man at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he received four staples to close a cut to his head, according to Wofford.
When Davis also checked into the Queen, she denied throwing a bottle, but was detained shortly before 11:45 p.m. and checked into the Napa jail, Wofford said.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has served search warrants in two states related to the investigation of missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart, who disappeared in 1996.
The office reported issuing warrants in two locations in San Luis Obispo County, one in Los Angeles County and one in Washington, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
The search warrants are limited in scope and sealed by the court, the release said.
“As a result, we are precluded by law from disclosing any further details about them,” the release stated. “This is an active and on-going investigation. The Sheriff’s Office will not be commenting any further and no additional information will be released at this time, nor do we anticipate any additional news releases regarding this investigation.
Kristin Smart’s father, Stan Smart, was the principal of Vintage High School in 1996, at the time of her disappearance, and later served six years as the Napa Valley Unified School District’s director of student services before retiring in 2006.
Sheriff’s Office has served 18 warrants since 2011
Last week, the Sheriff’s announced it took two trucks into evidence that belonged to members of the family of Paul Flores in 1996. Flores was the last person Smart was scene with after she left a party to return to her dorm.
Flores now resides in San Pedro, but his parents still live in Arroyo Grande.
A podcast series called “Your Own Backyard” hosted by Orcutt resident Chris Lambert has sparked renewed interest in the community, and the seventh episode in the case came out last week.
Lambert has interviewed dozens of people associated with the investigation, and looked at potential locations for Smart’s whereabouts, including whether her body could have been buried in Flores’ mother’s backyard in Arroyo Grande.
Cadaver dogs have alerted to Smart’s scent when brought near Susan Flores’ property, according to the podcast.
Lambert also spoke to women who have come into contact with Flores since, including a former coworker who said that years ago Flores scared her after she entered his home and he repeatedly tried to kiss her and didn’t want her leave until he did.
Flores has never been charged with a crime in connection with the case.
The disappearance of Kristin Smart
Kristin Smart was last seen leaving a house party at 135 Crandall Way near the Cal Poly campus about 2 a.m. May 25, 1996, with Flores and friend Cheryl Anderson.
Anderson later told investigators that she left Smart with Flores at the intersection of Perimeter Road and Grand Avenue, and continued to her dorm at Sierra Madre Hall.
Smart was to supposed to walk back to her Muir Hall dorm room, and Paul Flores later told police he and Kristin Smart parted ways near his own room at Santa Lucia Hall.
Two days later, a friend of Smart’s called the Cal Poly University Police Department to report her missing. But due to a jurisdictional fumble between that agency and the San Luis Obispo Police Department, a search didn’t begin until May 30, 1996.
Organized searches were conducted on and around the campus, and Cal Poly police and county District Attorney’s Office investigators interviewed Flores.
But it wasn’t until June 5, 1996, that police searched Kristin Smart’s dorm room and Flores’ room on June 10, 1996.
By then, the academic quarter had ended and Flores had moved all of his belongings out of the room.
In a taped interview, Flores admitted to previously lying to investigators when he told them he received a black eye playing basketball. He reportedly told investigators he received the injury while fixing his truck, then abruptly ended the interview and refused to answer any more questions.
After a month went by and criticism from the Smart family and their supporters grew, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office took over the case.
Over the weekend of June 29, 1996, about 400 volunteers turned out for a large-scale search of the campus. Investigators also searched Flores’ parents’ Arroyo Grande home, which did not yield any clues.
The Smarts filed a $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against Paul Flores in November 1996, alleging that Flores murdered Kristin at Cal Poly. The Smarts would later add Cal Poly to the lawsuit, alleging the university failed to keep their daughter safe.
That lawsuit remains in legal limbo due to the Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing criminal investigation. The Smart family’s attorneys have requested Sheriff’s Office records necessary to prove their civil case, but those records remain confidential.
Former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ed Williams previously said “there are no other suspects” than Paul Flores in Kristin Smart’s disappearance.
In September 2016, the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI conducted a joint excavation of a hillside on the Cal Poly campus after announcing new information strongly suggested that Smart’s remains could be buried in an area near the Cal Poly “P” that had been searched by about 400 volunteers in June 1996.
From Sept. 6-10, 2016, the agencies sifted through approximately 20,000 cubic feet of dirt, taking away bones and a possible “item of interest” to a facility out of the county for analysis.
Though the Sheriff’s Office called the dig “beneficial,” it has not said what, if anything, the effort revealed.
Lambert’s podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” was launched in September 2019 and has brought renewed public interest in the case.
In November 2019, hundreds of people gathered in the Arroyo Grande Village in a candlelight vigil in Kristin Smart’s memory.
Interest around the case has been growing even more in recent weeks, after the Stockton Record broke a story Jan. 18 stating the Smart family was contacted by the FBI, and told to be ready for “a development.”
The family later clarified that that information came from “a former FBI agent,” not the FBI as reported.
Napa Police has announced the arrest of Gary Lee Lindstrom in connection with a two-car crash Sunday night in Browns Valley in which a driver died.
The 31-year-old Napa resident was detained after the broadside wreck on Browns Valley Road and Woodlawn Drive, and was later booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of causing injury by driving under the influence, a felony count. He was released early Monday morning on $100,000 bail, according to the jail's online booking log.
Lindstrom was at the wheel of an Infiniti G37s that was headed west on Browns Valley Road at 7:27 p.m. Sunday when it struck a Chevrolet Camaro coupe that was turning left from Woodlawn toward Browns Valley's eastbound lane, police said in a news release Tuesday evening. Kevin Brandon Patland, a 23-year-old Rohnert Park man driving the Chevrolet, was taken to the hospital but died from his injuries.
The DUI allegation against Lindstrom is connected not to Patland's death but to injuries suffered by Lindstrom's passenger, a 28-year-old Milpitas woman, according to police Sgt. Kristofer Jenny. Both Lindstrom and the woman were injured in the crash and were taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, before Lindstrom was booked into jail, Jenny said.
The woman's identity and condition were not immediately known, although Jenny reported she was able to speak with a police investigator.
Lindstrom was detained based on the results of breath and field sobriety tests carried out after the crash, Jenny added.
No charges have been filed in connection with Patland's death, although police said a request for charges could be sent to the county District Attorney's Office based on the results of a crash investigation and toxicology tests.
Anyone who witnessed the fatal crash or has other information about the incident is asked to contact Officer Tom Helfrich at 707-257-9223 or email@example.com.