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* Sarah Dawson, Michael Tankersley and Daniel Ranieri Arrested after Alleged Kidnapping and Assault

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Santa Rosa police arrested two men and a woman Sunday on suspicion of assaulting and kidnapping a man they believed was mistreating the arrested woman, who was a mutual female friend. Police said the male victim was lured to a Bridgewood Drive residence in east Santa Rosa by a girlfriend, later identified as 35-year-old Sarah Anne Dawson. The victim was then assaulted by Michael Wayne Tankersley, 42, and Daniel Beebe Ranieri, 47, Sgt. Steve Fraga said. Police learned of the assault around 4 a.m. Sunday at a local hospital where the victim was admitted for treatment of major head wounds, Fraga said. The two men hit and kicked the victim in the face and head with a hard metal object and covered his mouth and tied his hands with duct tape, Fraga said. The suspects also poured a petroleum liquid over the victim’s head and threatened to light him on fire, Fraga said.The suspects also cut an Oakland Raiders emblem from the back of the victim’s jacket, Fraga said. Tankersley also told the victim he had family contacts with and the support of the Hells Angels who “would take care of him” if he reported the crime, Fraga said. The suspects then put the victim in the trunk of a car and drove him to the Sonoma-Napa county line, where Ranieri dragged the victim from the car and threw him in the brush near the highway, Fraga said. Tankersley is Dawson’s ex-husband and Ranieri had a romantic relationship with Dawson, Fraga said. The three suspects did not agree with how the victim was treating Dawson, Fraga said. Tankersley was arrested Sunday at a local residential drug treatment program facility and Ranieri was arrested at his home on Calistoga Road in Santa Rosa, Fraga said. Police found evidence of the crime during a search of Ranieri’s residence, Fraga said. Dawson, Tankersley and Ranieri were booked into Sonoma County Jail on $1 million bail for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault causing great bodily injury, robbery, terrorist threats, and conspiracy, Fraga said.Sgt. Steve Fraga (707) 543-3590

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  • Sarah is my mom and I new Michael he was a good man to me but I new he had a bad side and they both are drug addicts I really miss my mom and hope to visit her …….
    this situation messed up my life alot

  • i have been married to micheal since 2004. he beat me so badly i was hospitalized twice. he went to jail in 2005 for 90 days. he followed me from lodi to sonoma when he was released. this man is very much a danger. his violent record started years befor me, with his mother as one of his victims. please do not release him again. i finally have had a sense of a safer life knowing he was locked up, at least for now?

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