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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Saturday May 12th, 2018 :: 01:42 p.m. PDT


LGBTQ Flag Theft and Arrest

On April 26, 2018, a rainbow flag was stolen from the flagpole located at the Guerneville Chamber of Commerce located at  16201 1st Street.  A Deputy from the Guerneville Substation took the report and began an investigation into the theft.

On May 5, 2018, a replacement rainbow flag was again stolen from the Guerneville Chamber of Commerce.  As they were conducting the investigation into the theft of the rainbow flags, Sheriff Deputies  were made aware of threats to manufacture a pipe bomb for the purpose of detonating it at the Guerneville Safeway, and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Guerneville substation.  The intent was to injure members of the LGBTQ community and Deputies.

In the course of their investigation, Deputies from the Guerneville Substation developed Probable Cause that Vincent Joseph O'Sullivan (55) of Guerneville was the suspect in both cases.

On the morning of May 12, 2018, O'Sullivan was arrested by Deputies from the Guerneville Substation and booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility.  After a bail enhancement request, O'Sullivan's bail was set at $50,000.00.

If you have any additional information regarding this case, please contact the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office at 707-565-2121.

Media inquires: 707-565-3941

Prepared by: Lieutenant Eddie Engram

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
2796 Ventura Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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Non-emergencies: 707-565-2650

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