By Bay City News Service
A suspect in a burglary at a Santa Rosa hardware store was arrested Friday after a confrontation with Sonoma County sheriff's deputies.
Jose Godoy, 24, of Santa Rosa, is suspected of stealing a $60 blow torch from the Friedman Brothers hardware store at 4055 Santa Rosa Avenue on Jan. 16, the sheriff's office said.
Gody was seen on a videotape stealing the blow torch but he refused to stop when contacted by a Friedman's store employee, and he was seen leaving in his vehicle with four other people who were with him during the burglary, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy who responded to the burglary saw Godoy driving north on Santa Rosa Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Friday, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy stopped Godoy's car at the rear of an apartment complex at 1024 Bellevue Ave. to question him about the hardware store burglary, the sheriff's office said.
Godoy has been active in the protests to the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy on Oct. 22, and was arrested after a December protest.
Several people in Godoy's car were uncooperative when the deputy stopped the vehicle, and Godoy told them to video the traffic stop, the sheriff's office said.
Godoy berated the deputy, yelled profanities, started to walk away and yelled at people in the apartment complex to video the incident, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy told Godoy he wanted to talk to him about the burglary, and Godoy continued to be verbally abusive and started walking toward the deputy, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy called for assistance when several people outside the apartment complex yelled at the deputy and became aggressive, the sheriff's office said.
The deputy arrested Godoy for violating his probation and delaying an investigation. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail.
Godoy did not admit stealing the blow torch despite the video tape inside the hardware store, the sheriff's office said.
Young members of the Latino community who have been active in the protests have complained sheriff's deputies and Santa Rosa police have been harassing them since the Lopez killing. So far three protesters have been arrested.
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