The following is a press release issued by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On December 25 at about 6:00 p.m., a rideshare driver picked up a passenger in the 1700 block of Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa. The driver drove the passenger to the entrance of Shiloh Ranch Regional Park. Upon arrival, the passenger attacked the driver from the back seat. During a struggle, the suspect stabbed the victim twice in the neck and once on the elbow. The suspect then got out of the car and left the scene.
The victim drove himself to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
Violent Crimes detectives have been investigating this case since Saturday and identified the suspect as Tristan Mathew Hardin, 19, Santa Rosa (see attached photo). He is a white man, approximately 6’1” and 150 pounds with a thin build. He has longer dark brown hair, possibly with shaved sides, and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black surgical mask, dark pants, and possibly a red plaid jacket. While Hardin lives in Santa Rosa, he frequently visits Cloverdale, Healdsburg, and Windsor.
Violent Crimes detectives believe this was a random act of violence. If you see Hardin, call 911 and do not approach him. If you know where Hardin is located, call Dispatch at 707-565-2121.