Santa Rosa, CA – January 8, 2020 – Defendant Jaime
Tapia-Vasquez, 38 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the
Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 3 years and 8 months in state prison after
having pled “no contest” in September of last year to felony charges of assault
with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest with force, as well as misdemeanor
charges of battery on a peace officer and brandishing a replica firearm.
resulted from an unprovoked attack on the Prince Memorial Greenway trail,
behind the Hyatt hotel in Santa Rosa. The 45 year old victim was visiting from
out of town in order to relax after suffering from a heart attack three weeks
prior. This particular Sunday morning, he decided to go for a walk on the trail,
as required for his rehabilitation. There were many people walking and riding
their bikes at this time. The victim was approached by Tapia-Vasquez who,
without provocation, struck him in the leg with a baseball bat causing
significant soft tissue injury and requiring the victim to remain on crutches
for 3 weeks. When contacted by law enforcement Tapia-Vasquez refused to provide
his name and refused to comply with the officer’s requests for him to stop.
Tapia-Vasquez then reached into his waistband and removed a replica handgun
before running down the trail and out of sight. As the officer pursued him,
Tapia-Vasquez emerged from some bushes with the handgun drawn, pointing it at
the officer. Based on the size of the barrel the officer was able to determine
this was an airsoft gun or BB/pellet gun. The officer was eventually able to
detain Tapia-Vasquez, who punched the officer during the detention process.
pled to all charges with no agreed sentence, but could be eligible for a grant
of probation. After the sentencing hearing, at the urging of the
District Attorney’s Office, the Court agreed to sentence Tapia-Vasquez to serve
3 years 8 months in state prison at the California Department of Corrections
The case was
prosecuted by the Deputy District Attorneys Chris Brown and Jessalee Mills,
assisted by District Attorney Investigator Greg Wojcik. The Santa Rosa Police
Department headed the investigation.