Sonoma Man Pleads Guilty to Six Counts of Assault in After-Hours Pizza Brawl

Uriel Caballero-Ramos faces five years in state prison for his role in the late-night brawl at New Yorker Pizza back in November 2012.

A Sonoma man will spend the next five years of his life in state prison for his role in a late-night fight that occurred at a Petaluma pizza joint back in November.

On Friday, Uriel Caballero-Ramos, 25, of Sonoma, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony assault, four counts of misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest for a Nov. 4, 2012 assault that occurred at New Yorker Pizza.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch stated, “This unprovoked attack was completely unjustified.  His actions of extreme force escalated a benign situation to a medical emergency in which innocent people were seriously injured.  Mr. Caballero-Ramos has earned his lengthy prison sentence.”

The charges resulted from a fight that broke out in front of New Yorker Pizza around 1 a.m., on November 4.  After an argument that began in line, Caballero-Ramos assaulted six different victims by elbowing and punching them.  One female victim suffered a severely bruised orbital and a concussion.  Another male victim dislocated his shoulder when he fell to the ground during the fight, according to a press release.

Caballero-Ramos fled the scene and ran from officers but was arrested after a brief foot pursuit by Petaluma Police officers.  He also pled to resisting arrest.

Caballero-Ramos’ sentencing is set for May 15, 2013.  He will be sentenced to serve five years in the state prison, a sentence that was negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jason RiehlThe investigation was conducted by the Petaluma Police Department.

John.Maher April 21, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Why would you show a picture of where it happened, a great little place of business deserving of positive PR, instead of who done it?
SD April 22, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Wait a second...5 years for an assault where no one was critically injured?!?! Does that sound fishy to anyone else? Perhaps he had priors. I hope that's the reason and it's not the color of his skin or the number of his tatoos that caused such a hefty sentence.
mikeg55 April 22, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I agree with SD. Maybe one year max as a lesson, but 5 years seems like overkill.
John Hess April 22, 2013 at 05:08 PM
So an unprovoked elbowing and punching attack on six innocent folks, leading to concusion and dislocated shoulder, and then runs from the cops makes you think he should be let off easy. Suppose it was your guiltless wife, daughter, sister, etc., that ended up with them bruised eye and concusion? I don't want this guy anywhere near me or mine...five years off the street was not enough. And I don't care what color his skin is or how many tats he has. His actions scream out-of-control animal!
John.Maher April 22, 2013 at 05:20 PM
The New Yorker is much more than a "Pizza Joint" with authentic Italian dishes to die for, great vibe, family atmosphere, a long history in Petaluma, take-out service and an owner who deserves your business. The location is safe, convenient and well-lit next to the Shutterbug photo shop.- Something positive this way comes.
SD April 22, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I'm not sure anyone said he should 'get off easy,' but 5 years for going nuts and hitting people sounds a bit excessive. By your logic, every drunken knucklehead who gets into a bar brawl and then runs from authorities should get a mandatory 5 years? If this sounds right to you, I'd love to see your approach for balancing the federal budget.


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