By now you’ve probably heard about the alleged parking-lot stabbing and tire-slashing spree at the Healdsburg Community Center that led to a three-hour police pursuit through town a couple of weeks ago, on the night of Tuesday, April 30. Local police have since named the young Healdsburg man they believe to be behind the violence: Damian Martinez Osorio, 29, who they say also goes by the name Gael Leon. He’s still on the loose, according to police, and is “wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and the vandalism of multiple vehicles.” Anyone who knows anything can contact investigators at (707) 431-3377 or [email protected]. Here’s what Healdsburg Police Dept. officials say happened that night: “At about 9:45 PM, Healdsburg Police received a call of a victim who had been attacked in the parking lot of the Healdsburg Community Center… by a subject with a knife. Officers learned that the victim had been sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Community Center when he noticed the suspect in the parking lot slashing vehicle tires. When the victim exited his vehicle, he was confronted by the suspect who attempted to stab the victim with a knife. During the ensuing struggle the victim sustained a cut to his hand. The victim was able to get away and was chased a short distance away by the suspect, who eventually fled into the creek bed that runs along the Foss Creek Pathway. Officers were unable to locate the suspect after an extensive approximately 3 hours long search with the assistance from Deputies with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and CHP’s helicopter.” At one point, police logs show the suspect may have fled to the Oak Grove Apartments on Grove Street — but officers never found him. Police logs also show that four cars had their tires slashed that night at the Community Center. (Source: Healdsburg Police Department & Healdsburg Police Department via Facebook & Facebook Groups & KRON4)

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Simone Wilson was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where she was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound's Bark. She has since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. Simone is now a senior product manager and staff writer for the Healdsburg Tribune.


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