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Sebastopol robbery suspect eyed in hitchhiking attacker case

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 | Posted by | no responses

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Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Sebastopol police arrested an attempted robbery suspect Saturday night who then became a suspect in a hitchhiker stabbing case, reported a Sonoma County sheriff’s official.

The attempted robbery occurred at about 8:30 p.m. in downtown Sebastopol, said Sebastopol Sgt. Mike Nielson.

A 911 call brought officers to the downtown plaza where they arrested Aaron Anthony Barbee, 30, of Guerneville. Details of the attempted crime weren’t available Sunday morning.

Sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Lawrence said detectives Sunday were investigating whether the man could be involved in a stabbing earlier Saturday night.

In that case, driver Ricardo Archuleta, 33, was travelling toward Santa Rosa from the coast with his eight-year-old son. At about 7:30 p.m. Archuleta stopped near Guerneville and picked up a hitchhiker.

“At some point during the ride (the hitchhiker) pulled out a knife and started acting crazy,” said Lawrence.

Archuleta was wounded twice, with a puncture injury to his stomach and a small cut to his right thumb.

The hitchhiker also broke a window in the car. Near Mirabel Road, the driver stopped and the hitchhiker got out.

The driver continued into western Santa Rosa where he stopped and phoned for help. He was treated for his injuries, which didn’t require a hospital stay, according to reports.

At 8:28 p.m. Sebastopol police received a 911 call about an attempted crime in the area of the plaza.

Officers had Barbee in custody at 8:50 p.m., suspected of attempted robbery, parole violation and being under the influence of drugs, said Nielson.

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