Deputies interviewing possible assault suspect
Officials from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s department announced they have identified a possible suspect in a Dec. 7 morning incident in Kenwood where a man pushed a 68-year-old woman down during a bicycling altercation. The suspect turned himself in on Dec. 12.
According to the sheriff’s department, the incident occurred about 11:20 a.m. when the woman and her 70-year-old husband were visiting with a neighbor on Los Guilicos Avenue near Warm Springs Road in Kenwood.
A bicyclist sped by them and got so close that he brushed up against the husband’s coat. The husband yelled for the bicyclist to “get a bell.” The suspect then stopped, turned around and approached the couple. The man’s wife got in between them at which point the bicyclist reportedly head-butted the woman and shoved her chest, causing her to fall to the ground before riding away on his bicycle northbound on Los Guilicos Avenue.
According to the husband, the couple got in their car and followed the suspect while they had the sheriff’s department on the phone at the same time. The cyclist headed toward Santa Rosa on Highway 12, turning in at Oakmont, and from there onto a trail off of Stone Bridge Road, where they lost track of him as he rode towards Trione-Annadel State Park.
A neighbor who heard the original commotion was able to snap a picture with her phone and provided it to the investigating deputies. The suspect was described as a white male, grey beard, 55 to 65 years old, wearing a red bicycle shirt, black bike pants, red helmet and yellow shoes. He was riding a dark colored road bike.
The case is still under investigation. If anyone has any further information, they are encouraged to call Deputy Badour at the Sonoma Valley Substation, 996-9495.
On Dec. 17, 2018, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release with this update: "On the afternoon of December 12th, bicyclist Robert Deis, a 62-year-old Santa Rosa man, contacted the Sheriff’s Office to give his side of the story. Deis claimed to have been in the initial verbal confrontation with the two Kenwood residents but at one point, the victim came after him while he was still straddling his bicycle and shoved him in the chest. He grabbed her arms and was able to push her away from him in self-defense and she fell backwards towards her husband. Deis then fled on his bicycle to avoid further confrontation.
Based on the circumstances of the case, Deis was issued a citation for misdemeanor battery and released with a future court date."