Guerneville man charged with Main Street robbery | News – Sonoma West

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Guerneville man on a robbery charge in downtown Guerneville last Saturday morning.

Jeffrey Pate

Jeffrey Pate, 36, was arrested about 10:30 a.m. near Church and Main streets, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Pate, whose address was listed as “transient,” remained in Sonoma County jail this week on a felony robbery charge. His bail was set at  $50,000.

Pate also was arrested by deputies last January when he was taken into custody for burglary and resisting arrest after reportedly trying to break into a woman’s residence in Guerneville on Drake Road. Sheriff’s substation deputies arrested Pate on Jan. 7 after responding to a 911 call from a woman reporting a man was trying to break into her home.

The woman said an intruder was tapping on her windows and trying to open her doors about 9:23 p.m. when she “yelled at him and he hid under her back stairs,” said the sheriff’s office report.

Deputies from the river substation who responded to the residence found a man without pants in the backyard, according to the sheriff’s report. When deputies confronted Pate, he ran away and crawled into a drainage pipe, then reappeared from a culvert and swam across Pocket Canyon Creek near Guerneville River Park on Highway 116.

“He was last seen climbing the embankment whereupon he fled into the dark woods,” said the sheriff’s report. “Deputies were able find the man hiding in a hollowed out tree near a resort on Neeley Road.”

When Pate ignored orders to surrender, the sheriff’s K9 dog, Falko, was brought in to help with the arrest and was able to drag Pate out of the tree.

“While attempting to take the man into custody, he violently resisted and fought the deputies,” said the sheriff’s report.

Pate was charged with attempted burglary, prowling, assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest. He was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

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