A parolee who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in Oakland last month was arrested in Windsor on Monday afternoon, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said. Deputies responded around noon to an assault in the 1900 block of Commons Court in Windsor, Sgt. Michael Raasch said. The victim told the deputies that the suspect, 48-year-old Santa Rosa resident Donald Giannini, had pushed him. When deputies arrived, Giannini ran, Raasch said.
They set up a perimeter but called off the search after about 90 minutes, the sergeant said. The deputies were aware that Giannini was wanted on a no-bail warrant out of Alameda County, Raasch said. He said Oakland police had arrested Giannini on Valentine’s Day for a residential burglary, but that Giannini had used his brother’s name when he was arrested and was allowed to post bail, Raasch said. On Monday afternoon, at about 2:10 p.m., a Windsor resident saw Giannini emerge from some blackberry bushes along the creek near Starr Road and Windsor River Road, Raasch said.
Deputies responded to the area but the resident had lost sight of Giannini near Sirius Drive and Stellar Lane, Raasch said. Around 3:20 p.m., a woman called Windsor police to report that a man was hiding under a play structure in Old Vineyard Park, Raasch said. Detectives and deputies converged on the park and arrested Giannini after a brief struggle, Raasch said. Giannini was booked into Sonoma County Jail on the no-bail arrest warrant, as well as for resisting arrest and battery.
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