Stopping To Buy Shoes Was Misstep For Suspected Car Thief

SANTA ROSA, CA – A 32-year-old man, wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle, reportedly dodged officers Tuesday by ducking into the Coddingtown center in Santa Rosa, but then caught security crews’ attention when he paused to go shoe-shopping at JCPenney, according to officials.

Officers on Tuesday at 4 p.m. failed in an attempt to stop Donovin Lee Sweeden near Guerneville Road and Cleveland Avenue for a stolen vehicle as the Santa Rosa resident fled through Coddingtown, where law enforcement lost sight of him, the Santa Rosa Police Department said.

Within the hour, however, police were notified by mall security that the suspect was at the mall’s JCPenney trying to purchase shoes. A perimeter was set up around Coddingtown, and Sweeden soon was spotted leaving the store’s west side on Range Avenue, according to officials.

A police officer went in, identified himself and ordered the suspect to stop, however, Sweeden allegedly ran again and got into a scuffle with the officer and a security guard before being apprehended, the agency said. The officer fell to the ground during the arrest and suffered a minor arm injury, according to police.

Sweeden was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered during the store incident, then transported and booked at the Sonoma County Jail for suspicion of resisting arrest, vehicle theft and probation violation.

Anyone with additional information on this incident can contact the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 528-5222.

–Image via Renee Schiavone

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