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Petaluma Police Department
Sunday December 2nd, 2018 :: 05:44 a.m. PST


Suspect Arrested for Mayhem


Petaluma Police Department
For Immediate Release                                                                     Sunday December 2, 2018
Issued By:
Sergeant Lance Novello, Petaluma PD, (707) 778-4372, [email protected]  
Incident:               Suspect Arrested for Mayhem
Additional:            203 PC
Report Number:   18-5367
Occurred Date:     December 1, 2018
Occurred Time:    11:44 PM
Location:               23 Petaluma Boulevard North
Suspect(s):           Daniel Yurkovich, 34-year-old Pacific Grove resident
Incident Summary
Petaluma PD officers were dispatched to the report of a fight at a local nightclub, in which the suspect was being detained by bystanders and staff.  The reporting party advised the suspect bit a victim’s finger off, and that victim was being taken to a hospital.  Officers arrived and contacted the suspect, identified as Daniel Yurkovich, who appeared intoxicated.  He was detained without incident.  Other officers located the 32-year-old victim and confirmed the near amputation of his ring finger.
The investigation revealed Yurkovich caught the attention of many patrons prior to the fight due to his odd behavior.  At one point, he approached a random patron and attacked him in an unprovoked manner.  Other patrons then attempted to physically restrain Yurkovich, who was on top of and punching the patron.  Yurkovich then turned his attention to one of the patrons attempting to restrain him, and attacked him, biting his finger in the process.  Surveillance video captured the incident. 
Yurkovich was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for the crime of mayhem.  The victim was transported to a hospital, where efforts were being made to save his finger.  Officers were unable to locate the initial patron.  Any persons with additional information are encouraged to call Petaluma PD.

Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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