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Suspected Santa Rosa groper ordered to undergo mental evaluation

A Santa Rosa man suspected in two cases of grabbing and groping women was ordered by a judge to undergo a mental health evaluation, according to court records.

Jonathan Michael Hoppner, 20, faces two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery -- related to a January attack of a woman on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus and one in downtown Santa Rosa earlier this month.

Santa Rosa police arrested Hoppner on April 2 after a woman accused him of grabbing her as she was walked along Mendocino Avenue, said Sgt. Lisa Banayat.

It was about 7:30 p.m., still light outside, and the young woman was walking south toward Seventh Street. She was going to cross to the west side but saw a man there staring at her, Banayat said.

The woman felt uncomfortable and decided to cross further down the avenue.

But as she crossed, the man then was on her, grabbing and holding onto her left buttock and attempting to grab her breasts through her thick coat, according to a police report.

"Let me go," she told him and raised an arm to protect herself. He then raised his hand to hit her but she blocked it, Banayat said.

The man, who never spoke to her, then ran away.

The woman called her husband and found a nearby worker who helped identify the man. They called police and Hoppner later was arrested at his westside home.

"She's still a little shook up," said the husband of the victim, during an interview this week.


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