Fugitive suspected of attacking Sonoma County sheriff's deputies identified
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
A man suspected in a crime spree from Windsor to Santa Cruz who eluded capture after threatening to kill two Sonoma County sheriff's deputies was identified as Dimitri Storm, 42, of Santa Cruz, sheriff's officials said Thursday.
Fingerprints and surveillance images helped authorities identify Storm, who remained at large, Sgt. Mike Raasch said. A Sonoma County judge Wednesday approved a $1 million warrant for the man's arrest for a slew of felony charges from theft to resisting officers.
Storm is wanted in connection with burglary, robbery and auto theft cases in Santa Cruz and Calistoga as well as Marin and Sonoma counties. He's known to fight with police and should be considered armed and dangerous, Raasch said.
Detectives suspect Storm has crept into at least one residence while people were home and left with items including car keys, Raasch said.
"That does not happen often, it is really dangerous," Raasch said.
Storm also is believed to break into vacation rental homes, Santa Cruz County sheriff's officials said.
Storm is accused of leading Calistoga police on April 4 on a chase on Highway 128 in a 1997 light-blue Ford Explorer stolen from Santa Cruz with the license plate from a different stolen car, Raasch said.
He eluded capture.
The next morning, at about 6 a.m., deputies investigating the theft of a 2009 GMC Acadia from Windsor pulled him over near Petaluma. Storm claimed to have a gun, smashed a deputy's arm in a car door, and then, apparently unaffected by two stun-gun charges, sped away.
A daylong dragnet followed in Marin County, forcing a school to close and involving officers from several agencies. Storm was not found.
On Wednesday, a property owner along Highway 128 called the Sheriff's Office to report finding the Explorer, which was packed with computers, wallets and other items stolen from Santa Cruz and elsewhere, Raasch said.
Storm was described as a white man, 5-foot-10 and about 160 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. He recently shaved his beard.
Anyone with information about the case can call the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office investigations unit at 565-2185.You can reach Staff Writer Julie Johnson at 521-5220 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @jjpressdem.
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