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Lake County CA Sheriff's Department
Monday April 2nd, 2012 :: 06:14 p.m. PDT

Patrol Deputies Respond To An Early Morning Report Of An Assault With A Deadly Weapon And Vandalism

By: Sergeant John M. Gregore
April 2, 2012

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies respond to an early morning report of an assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

On March 31, 2012 at about 12:45 am, deputies were dispatched to an address on Deer Park Drive in Lower Lake, for a report a male who had kicked in the front door to the residence and poured gasoline on the occupants. When deputies arrived, the victim said he had been with some friends earlier in the night at Maynard’s Sports Bar in Lower Lake. While they were there, they saw an associate, 27 year old Ryan Patrick Coppola of Fort Bragg. Coppola had recently broken up with his girlfriend, who was homeless and temporarily staying at the residence in Lower Lake. He said Coppola got into a physical altercation at the bar, but neither he nor his friends were involved.

After leaving Maynard’s, the victim and some friends went to his house and were sleeping in a front room of the home. The victim woke up to Coppola kicking in his front door and entering the residence carrying a gas can. He started pouring gasoline on him and the interior of the residence. According to witnesses, Coppola said something about burning the victim. He then noticed his ex-girlfriend lying on a couch in the home. Coppola picked her up off the couch and threw her to the floor. The victim said he ran outside his house and Coppola pursued him into the street. Coppola continued to chase him until a neighbor came outside to investigate the commotion. Coppola then left in an unknown direction.

Deputies could smell the strong odor of gasoline coming from the victim’s clothing and the inside of his residence. Deputies were unable to locate Coppola at the scene.

Several hours later, deputies located Coppola and arrested him for assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, criminal threats, vandalism and domestic battery. Coppola was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked.

Lake County CA Sheriff's Department
1220 Martin St
Lakeport, CA 95453

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-263-2690

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