Santa Rose, CA – Three women who are charged with smearing pig’s blood on a statue and the former home of a police expert who testified for the defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin were arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on Monday.
The vandals targeted former Santa Rosa Police Officer Barry Brodd’s former home after he testified that Chauvin had been “justified” in how he restrained George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
But Brodd doesn’t even live in California anymore, so the vandals actually terrorized an innocent person with no connection to the Chauvin trial by throwing pig’s blood all over the front of the house and leaving a pig’s head on the front porch.
The terrified homeowner called 911 to at 3:17 a.m. on April 17 to report a group of people dressed in black in their yard had woken them up, KPIX reported.
Police said that after they’d finished terrorizing the homeowners and vandalizing their property, the mob proceeded downtown to Santa Rosa Plaza to smear pig’s blood all over a statue and leave a picture of a pig with a sign that read “Oink Oink.”
The cost to clean up the messes made at the home and downtown are estimated to be in the thousands of dollars, KPIX reported.
Police served a search warrant at 9:30 a.m. on May 11 in the 3900-block of Match Point Avenue.
Detectives arrested 20-year-old Rowan Dalbey and 34-year-old Kristen Aumoithe at that address, KPIX reported.
Police arrested 35-year-old Amber Lucas at 1 p.m. the same day in the 200-block of 8th Street and also served a search warrant at that address.
Detectives recovered additional evidence at both of the addresses that were searched, KPIX reported.
Charging documents spelled out exactly what role each of the defendants had in the vandalism, KGO reported.
The complaint said that Aumoithe bought the pig blood from a butcher in Santa Rosa and Lucas researched the address for Brodd’s home.
Dalbey created the “Oink Oink” sign and the three women vandalized the hand statue in the plaza downtown together, according to the charging documents.
Charging documents also identified two more defendants in the case, KGO reported.
According to the arrest affidavits, 26-year-old Colin Metcalfe and 23-year-old Christina Henry conducted the attack on the former Santa Rosa cop’s prior residence.
Neither Metcalfe nor Henry appeared in court on Aug. 23, The Press Democrat reported.
Brodd hasn’t lived at that address in more than a year and the current owner had had to hire an attorney to deal with the mess, KGO reported.
“She’s still absolutely terrified,” attorney Richard Freeman said. “I mean her home was attacked in connection with something she had nothing to do with, and now she is a witness in a criminal proceeding against the people who attacked her home in the first instance.”
Attorneys for the women have complained that the case is being aggressively charged, The Press Democrat reported.
On Aug. 23, the judge assigned the case to a trial court because of its complexity involving a massive volume of evidence and multiple defendants and attorneys.
But the women seemed unfazed by their legal jeopardy.
After court, Dalbey, Aumoithe, and Lucas took a picture together at the “Agraria” hand sculpture outside the Santa Rosa Plaza they stand accused of having vandalized with their fists raised in a Black Lives Matter salute, KGO reported.
Lucas posted the picture to her Instagram account the same day with the comment “#BLMSisterActivists New spot for justice poetry reading? Thoughts?“
The women are scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 29, KGO reported.