Santa Rosa man suspected of assault on father

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A Santa Rosa man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of assaulting his father in their northeast Santa Rosa home, an incident that prompted police to block traffic to the area for a short time while the suspect barricaded himself inside the residence.

The altercation was reported at 8:33 a.m. by a roommate living with the family. City police officers responded to the home at Hidden Valley Drive minutes later in search of the suspect, identified as Craig Knights, 36, Santa Rosa Police Lt. Dan Marincik said.

Knights’ parents and the roommate exited the house after initial attempts by police to contact them were unsuccessful. Knights’ father was treated for a wound to his face, but didn't need to go to a hospital, Marincik said.

The suspect was bitten by a police dog when officers went inside the home to take him into custody, Marincik said.

Knights was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries from the bite, as well as unrelated medical issues, Marincik said.

The area was reopened to traffic at about 11 p.m.

You can reach Staff Writer Nashelly Chavez at 707-521-5203 or On Twitter @nashellytweets.

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