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Teen Struck by Baseball Bat in Drug Sale Gone Wrong

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A Santa Rosa teen was struck on the head with a baseball bat during a marijuana robbery Thursday night, police said Friday. The 17-year-old boy was injured shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Randall Lane, according to Sgt. John Cregan. Officers called to the scene by 911 calls reporting a fight found the boy with a significant head injury. He was taken to a hospital for medical treatment and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries, Cregan said.

Investigators learned the boy had allegedly arranged to sell several pounds of processed marijuana to three male suspects, but the suspects attempted to take the drugs from him. When he refused, one of the suspects allegedly hit him with a bat. The suspects fled the area in a dark-colored Pontiac Grand Am sedan. A vehicle matching that description was spotted a short time later parked at a Shell Gas Station at Fourth Street and Farmers Lane by an ambulance driver, Cregan said.

Police found three suspects in the vehicle matching descriptions given by witnesses, as well as two pounds of processed marijuana and a bloody baseball bat in the vehicle, Cregan said. A 15-year-old Santa Rosa juvenile, who is thought to have a gang affiliation, was identified as the main suspect in the baseball bat assault and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana for sale, Cregan said. Two adults in the car, 19-year-old Marcell Leroy Battiest, and 18-year-old Isaiah Medler, were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale. Their role in the assault remains under investigation.

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