Pedestrian struck by SUV in gang-related attack

January 19, 2012 2:36:03 PM PST
A hit-and-run involving a pedestrian on a Santa Rosa street Wednesday afternoon appears to have been an intentional, gang-related act, Santa Rosa police said.

Around 4 p.m., officers learned that a group of people on foot had gotten into a confrontation with several people in an SUV, police said. The driver had accelerated toward the group of pedestrians and struck one of them, according to police. The SUV was last seen traveling east on West College Avenue. It was described as an older-model brown or tan vehicle with oxidized paint. The occupants were all males wearing dark clothing, police said. The man who was hit by the SUV, a 19-year-old Rohnert Park resident, was placed into a dark-colored vehicle similar to a Cadillac and driven east on West College Avenue, police said. A short time later, the victim was pushed out of the vehicle near West Ninth Street and Saracen Road, where he was left in the street. The victim was found and transported to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, which did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police. Detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department's Gang Crimes Team were called to take over the investigation. Anyone who has information about the assault is encouraged to call Santa Rosa police Detective Philp at (707) 543-4074 of the Gang Crimes Team at (707) 543-3670.