GUERNEVILLE (AP) — Investigators say a 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing rainbow flags and threatening bomb attacks against gay people and sheriff’s deputies in Guerneville.
Sonoma County authorities say Vincent O’Sullivan was taken into custody Saturday in Guerneville. He could face charges including making criminal threats, along with hate-crime enhancements. It wasn’t immediately known if O’Sullivan has an attorney.READ MORE: Driver Arrested Following Deadly Sonoma County Crash Sunday
Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Engram says detectives investigating the theft of two rainbow flags learned of the threats and determined O’Sullivan was a suspect in both cases. O’Sullivan allegedly threatened to detonate pipe bombs at a sheriff’s station and grocery store.READ MORE: 49ers Get It Done in Dallas and The Faithful Rejoice
Engram says the intent was to injure deputies and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBTQ pride.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Gym's Separation Strategy Fits Well With COVID-Era Concerns
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