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CHP identifies suspect vehicle in Sonoma County bottle-throwing attacks (w/video)

  • The suspect vehicle, seen on security camera footage from the Santa Rosa transit mall Wednesday.

An investigation into the case of a motorist suspected of chucking full bottles of water at passing vehicles west of Santa Rosa broadened Friday to include six confirmed attacks and possibly as many as 10 incidents altogether, according to the CHP.

“We are working to confirm these (new) reports,” Officer Jon Sloat said. “But they appear to involve the same vehicle.”

That vehicle was identified by witnesses as a 2013-14 white Toyota Tacoma pickup with black after-market rims and an off-road package, Sloat said.

Images of a truck believed to be the suspect's vehicle, taken at the Santa Rosa Transit Mall, were included in a CHP news release Friday. The images were discovered during an investigation Friday into a report of a Feb. 11 incident where a water bottle was thrown at a Santa Rosa CityBus, Sloat said. There were no damages or injuries reported from that incident, he said.

Two of the six confirmed incidents involved school buses, including one that occurred last week but which was first called in to authorities Friday. The bus driver reported suffering minor injuries when the bottle shattered the windshield and sprayed her with broken glass.

The injury elevates the investigation to a felony case. There were no children on either bus at the time of the attacks.

Outside of the Transit Mall incident, the confirmed reports occurred between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on roads between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.

Sloat said the CHP has assigned an investigator to the case and is “giving extra attention” to those areas. However, some of the new reports indicate attacks may have occurred farther east in Santa Rosa. Sloat said anyone with information should call his office at 588-1400.

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