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Santa Rosa police have arrested a man who allegedly intimidated a witness in a 10-defendant gang-related assault case in Sonoma County Superior Court. Five people were assaulted at a car show June 16 at the Youth Community Park in Santa Rosa. Five of the defendants were held to answer Tuesday on charges that included assault, battery, fighting in public and participating in a street gang. Four defendants were convicted earlier this month after pleading no contest to charges in connection with the incident and charges were dismissed against one defendant.
Justin Holmes, 21, of Santa Rosa, was arrested Thursday in his vehicle on Creek Park Lane in Santa Rosa, and evidence of gang participation was found in his nearby apartment, Sgt. Rainer Navarro said. An 18-year-old female assault victim told police Holmes threatened her at her place of employment in south Santa Rosa on Aug. 10, Navarro said. Holmes recognized her name from her name tag and asked her if she was one of the people involved in the fight at Youth Community Park, Navarro said. The woman tried to deny it but Holmes said he knew she was involved and threatened her if she testified at the defendants’ preliminary hearing in Sonoma County Superior Court this week.
Holmes then drove away in a light-colored vehicle and was found standing next to it around 3:30 p.m. on Creek Park Lane, Navarro said. Holmes was booked into the Sonoma County jail for witness intimidation, being an active gang participant, committing a crime to benefit a gang and a violation of probation. He is being held under $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. The fight at the car show at 1701 Fulton Road when several people started an argument with a 40-year-old man who was at the park with his family, police said.
The man’s 18-year-old daughter was punched by one of the suspects when she tried to intervene in the argument, and the father was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched by the suspects when he came to her defense, police said. The father lost consciousness and three more members of his family were assaulted, police said. The father and daughter were treated at a hospital and released and the other three family members did not require medical treatment, police said. Some of the suspects left in a white Chevrolet pickup that was found at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Russell Avenue where one of the suspects was arrested, police said.
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