New Mexico fugitive held in Santa Rosa motorcycle theft
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
A 38-year-old man wanted by New Mexico authorities was arrested early Tuesday in south Santa Rosa on suspicion of stealing a motorcycle from a neighbor, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.
The owner of the blue Harley Davidson called the sheriff's office at about noon Thursday to report someone broke into his Mountain View Avenue garage and took the bike, Lt. Steve Brown said.
The theft took place just one day after he showed the bike to a possible buyer, a man who called himself "JD," Brown said.
At about 6:20 p.m. Monday, a deputy in Rohnert Park tried to pull over a black Harley Davidson without license plates, but the rider fled, Brown said.
The rider ran a red light on Rohnert Park Expressway, nearly causing a collision, and deputies stopped the pursuit to prevent further danger, Brown said.
The motorcycle, which had been painted black, was spotted later Monday at a Snyder Lane apartment complex, Brown said.
Authorities said they linked Ricky Dale Blake, who lives in a trailer on Mountain View Avenue, to the theft.
Deputies arrested Blake at the trailer at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and found a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his bed, Brown said. They also found parts that had been removed from the bike, he said.
Blake was booked in lieu of $40,000 bail at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, burglary, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm, Brown said.
New Mexico authorities declined to seek extradition, Brown said, although they had issued arrest warrants accusing him of possessing stolen property and narcotics and violating probation.
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