A Santa Rosa man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of committing two residential burglaries in the Rincon Valley area, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Terry Anderson said.Several schools in the area were advised of the search, Anderson said. The Rincon Valley Middle School was briefly locked down shortly before the 3 p.m. dismissal time.A resident on Estes Drive in Rincon Valley called police at about 2 p.m. to report a male intruder was in his home, Anderson said.
The resident became involved in a physical fight with the intruder when he tried to detain him but the intruder fled, Anderson said.Police got a detailed description of the intruder, set up a perimeter and advised several schools of the situation, Anderson said.A resident on Badger Road called police around 2:12 p.m. to report a male in her backyard, Anderson said. The man was last seen running east on Badger Road.Because of recent burglaries in the Rincon Valley area, police used patrol, canine, traffic and investigative units as well as the California Highway Patrol’s helicopter to search for the suspect, Anderson said.
At 3:50 p.m. a resident on Baird Road told a police officer objects in her house had been moved around, Anderson said.When officers entered the house, the suspect jumped through the bathroom window but was arrested without incident in the backyard, Anderson said.Police identifies him as 45-year-old Monte Mullins of Santa Rosa.He was booked into Sonoma County Jail on two counts of residential burglary and one count each of committing a felony while out on bail and receiving stolen property, Anderson said.A Sonoma County Superior Court judge set Mullins’ bail at $2 million, Anderson said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
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