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A minor traffic stop in Santa Rosa led to the arrest of a wanted sex offender on Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. A CHP officer observed a Toyota pick-up truck with a broken taillight at about 3 p.m. in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Avenue and Court Street. According to the CHP, the vehicle and driver matched the description of a parolee being sought by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
The officer conducted a traffic stop and the driver was unable to provide identification. The driver gave the officer a false name and date of birth, which did not return to a driver’s license, according to the CHP. After further questioning, the driver admitted his real name was Robert McDowell, 42, of Rio Nido. The CHP officer conducted a license check, which revealed that McDowell’s license had been suspended due to multiple traffic violations.
McDowell was found to be a convicted sex offender who had failed to register as such. He was also wanted as an armed and dangerous parolee at large. At the time of his areest, McDowell was carrying knives on him, several of which were illegal, according to the CHP.
A search of his vehicle revealed more knives and about half a pound of marijuana. McDowell was booked on charges of violation of parole, possession of marijuana, possession of illegal weapons, driving with a suspended license, providing false information to an officer, and failing to register as a sex offender, according to the CHP.
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