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Santa Rosa man arrested after ditching monitoring bracelet

A Santa Rosa man who managed to pry off his home-confinement ankle bracelet after his release from jail last week was back in custody Thursday, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.

Andrew Dorsett, 24, was held without bail Thursday at the Sonoma County Jail facing new charges for suspected escape, resisting arrest and possession of heroin, sheriff's and jail personnel said.

Dorsett was released from jail on May 24 after serving a 43-day sentence for petty theft and possession of a dangerous weapon, sheriff's Sgt. Mike Raasch said.

He was put in an ankle bracelet that would allow authorities to monitor his location during the term of his supervised probation. But he removed it soon after leaving jail — apparently unaware that tampering with the device would alert law enforcement officials, Raasch said.

Sonoma County sheriff's personnel notified detectives who checked the address Dorsett had given to the jail as his residence, but he no longer was living there, Raasch said.

Investigators learned Dorsett had been seen hanging around the Mendocino Avenue Safeway store and spotted him there on Wednesday afternoon, Raasch said.

Dorsett refused to comply with deputies' orders and began to back away when officers approached, Raasch said. Deputies had to wrestle him to the ground to get him handcuffed, he said.

Dorsett was found to be in possession of suspected heroin, the sheriff's office said.

"It was good to get him off the street," Raasch said.


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