Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Accused Bank Robber Arrested After Fleeing Scene of Crime in Sonoma County Transit Bus


The following is a press released issued by the Sonoma Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Surveillance Footage of Porschia Jhonette Napalan robbing a Sonoma County Bank [Picture provided by Sonoma Police Department]

Today, 5/5/2021 at 1:09 pm, Sonoma Police Department and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the Union Bank, 500 block of Broadway, regarding a robbery hold up alarm. Upon arrival, deputies confirmed that a robbery had occurred. The suspect was described as a black female adult, wearing blue shirt and black pants. The suspect walked into the bank, contacted a bank teller and stated, “I’m robbing the bank”. The teller placed money into a bag and gave it to the suspect. The suspect immediately walked out of the bank. There was no weapon displayed or seen.

A witness saw the suspect get into a Sonoma County Transit Bus which headed south on Broadway. A deputy immediately followed the bus until it came to a stop in the area of Watmaugh Road at Stage Gulch. The suspect was immediately detained by deputies in the bus, along with a bank bag containing the money. Witnesses were brought to the seen who positively identified the person detained as the suspect who robbed the bank. The suspect was arrested and will be booked at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Jail for 211 PC – Robbery.

The suspect has been identified as Porschia Jhonette Napalan, approximately 43 years of age, residing out of San Francisco.

Deputies are continuing with the investigation, which include gathering video evidence and obtaining written statements from witnesses.

Great job by all involved who helped us arrest this person.

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