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Sebastopol Man, 53, Arrested After Allegedly Frightening Resident With BB Gun

Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies deployed helicopter and ground units for man riding bicycle with pellet-style rifle in his backpack and brandishing it in public.

A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a firearm in public in Sonoma County late Thursday morning, a Sonoma County Sheriff's lieutenant said.

Deputies responded to a report of an armed person with a rifle in the area of the 9500 block of Spring Hill Road east of Sebastopol around 11:35 a.m., Lt. Al Vernon said.

A resident in the area called 911 after he saw the man ride his bicycle, stop and retrieve a rifle from his backpack, Vernon said.

The man then operated the rifle in a "pumping action" while looking at the resident with the firearm at his waistline, according to Vernon.

The sheriff's office's helicopter Henry 1 was also sent to the scene and saw the subject travel south on Watertrough Road, he said.

The helicopter crew continued to follow the man before ground units arrived and saw him drop his bicycle to retrieve the rifle from his backpack, Vernon said.

Sebastopol police officers arrived to the scene first and took the man into custody without incident, he said.

Deputies discovered the firearm was a lever action BB/Pellet rifle, according to Vernon.

The man was identified as Sebastopol resident David Allen Ashworth, who was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of brandishing a replica firearm in public and display an imitation firearm in public.

He is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail.

--Bay City News

Fluffoo June 01, 2014 at 08:31 PM
First the 50 year old man arrested for tagging and now this guy. At least they are serving as good examples for my nine year old son not to be stupid.

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