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A Sonoma County man pleaded not guilty this morning to attempted murder and assault of a disabled man in Sonoma in April. Logan Dunning, 22, of Boyes Hoy Springs, also is charged in Sonoma County Superior Court with mayhem in the beating of the victim, Austin Ridge, 28, of Sonoma on April 25. Ridge was found bleeding from stab wounds and a head injury in the 18000 block of Lucas Avenue in Sonoma. In a separate case, Dunning also has pleaded not guilty to arson of an automobile in Santa Rosa on April 1.
Santa Rosa police arrested Dunning at the house he shared with his grandmother for the vehicle arson May 1, a week after Ridge was assaulted. Dunning became a suspect in Ridge’s assault when Santa Rosa police notified the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office the automobile arson suspect lived in the same area as the Ridge assault. Sheriff’s deputies searched Dunning’s house and found the knife believed to be used in Ridge’s assault, and traces of blood containing DNA evidence also linked Dunning to the assault, sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said.
Dunning was suspected of committing at least six vehicle arsons in the Santa Rosa area but has been charged with one arson. In the Lucas Avenue house, police found property, including electronics, currency and sunglasses, that were taken from some of the vehicles before they were set on fire, Santa Rosa police Lt. Mike Lazzarini said. Several homes in the Valley West Drive, West Third Street and Fulton Road area of Santa Rosa captured images of the arson suspect trying to open doors of vehicles parked in driveways, Lazzarini said. Dunning’s preliminary hearing on all the charges is scheduled for Sept. 19.
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