Petaluma, Santa Rosa Ulta stores robbed, security guards assaulted; 5 arrested after hitting a police car

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PETALUMA — Five suspects were arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing two Ulta Beauty stores of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and leading law enforcement in a car and foot chase, the police department said by Petaluma.

Petaluma police received a call at 7:02 p.m. Monday about a robbery at the Ulta Beauty store at 401 Kenilworth Dr. Officers learned that five suspects entered the store and filled large bags with perfume. When store security attempted to intervene, they were allegedly assaulted by one of the suspects. The suspects fled the store with the merchandise and got into a new white Range Rover with tinted windows, police said.

The vehicle was not located but a broadcast was broadcast to local law enforcement.

At 7:26 p.m., an Ulta Beauty store in Santa Rosa reported a similar theft at its location at 2080 Santa Rosa Ave. During the robbery, a suspect allegedly punched and threatened the security guard. Police say thieves fled in same vehicle described in previous robbery; the Range Rover had the wrong plates and was stolen, police said.

A Santa Rosa police officer spotted the Range Rover traveling south on Interstate Highway 101 and California Highway Patrol followed the vehicle as it entered the city limits of Petaluma. CHP attempted to stop traffic, but the Range Rover did not yield, the agency said. The vehicle pulled out of Lakewood and Petaluma police entered the chase to assist.

The Range Rover eventually entered the RiverFront community, but the area has no outlet. In an attempt to back out, the vehicle rammed an occupied Petaluma Police vehicle, causing significant damage to the front of the suspects’ vehicle and deflating a tire.

The car came to a stop on Hopper Street and the suspects got out of the vehicle and drove off, with four of the five suspects jumping a fence and running over train tracks and towards the fence of an adjacent business.

Police employed a K-9 unit that jumped the fence and made contact with two of the suspects, who were taken into custody. A third suspect was apprehended before jumping the fence. The fourth suspect hid on a roof but was apprehended. The fifth suspect led officers on a foot chase, but gave up and was arrested.

One of the suspects was treated for dog bite wounds and released, the other suspect suffered only damage to his clothing, police said.

Joshua Wilson, 21, of San Jose has been identified as the suspected driver of the Range Rover. The other suspects are Dwayne Huntly, 20, of Hayward; Dejorna Whitney, 19, of Richmond, and two minors aged 15 and 16 from San Francisco and Oakland.

Police allege Wilson provided a false name during his arrest and had three outstanding warrants in three counties: Sonoma, Contra Costa and Santa Clara. His warrants were related to theft, resisting arrest, and providing false identification to a police officer. Police also allege that a minor and Huntly also provided false names. The second minor suspect allegedly tried to escape their handcuffs and kicked an officer.

Thousands of dollars worth of beauty products were found inside the Range Rover, police said.

Four officers were slightly injured during the altercations.

Five suspects were arrested after the robberies at Ulta Beauty stores on August 22, 2022 in Petaluma and Santa Rosa, California. The suspects eventually rammed a Petaluma police vehicle with the Range Rover they were driving. (Petaluma PD via BCN)

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