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Santa Rosa man suspected of campground threats arrested

A Santa Rosa man suspected of threatening people with a knife at a Russian River campground and then fleeing from deputies was in custody Tuesday.

Deputies arrested Dale Bohan, 39, late Tuesday morning as he waited in Guerneville for a bus, Sonoma County sheriff's Lt. Steve Brown said.

Bohan also was being investigated as a possible suspect in a second incident, a knife assault on a woman at about 2 a.m. Tuesday in Guerneville, Brown said.

Witnesses told deputies that Bohan pulled a knife on them at about 8 p.m. Monday at the Faerie Ring Campground on Armstrong Woods Road, said Brown.

Deputies were called to the campground by two women who said a man, possibly under the influence of drugs, had demanded sex from them and become very aggressive when they turned him down.

When others tried to intervene, the man threatened them with the knife, witnesses said.

A deputy arriving to the call saw a man matching the description driving on Highway 116 at Fourth Street in a red Toyota T-100 pickup. The truck had been stolen several hours earlier, Brown said.

The driver sped away from the deputy, leading to a 1?-mile pursuit on Highway 116. Near Riverside Drive, the driver lost control and the pickup flipped and crashed.

The driver ran from the truck toward the river and disappeared. A search by deputies, the CHP, a CHP helicopter crew and police dogs was unsuccessful.

At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, witnesses from the campground incident spotted Bohan and called deputies.

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