On March 12th, 2016 at 10:20 pm, Deputies responded to a reported party at a residence on Keystone Court in El Dorado Hills.
When the first Deputy arrived in the area, there were approximately 200+ young adults and juveniles at the location. As soon as the first party goers saw the Deputy they started fleeing and yelling that the cops were there. More Deputies arrived on scene and 14 young adults were detained. At the conclusion of the investigation, the 14 young adults were cited for criminal trespass and released.
During the course of the initial investigation, it was determined the house was unoccupied and had recently been sold. Upon searching the residence, Deputies noticed extensive damage to the residence including numerous holes in the walls, numerous damaged electronic devices, and other extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the residence. The damage was extensive enough to meet the threshold to be considered felony vandalism and an active investigation is underway to identify and arrest the persons responsible for causing the damage.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office at (530)621-6600.
This morning at approximately 5:30 am, the Wine Country Station, just off Hwy 50 in Camino was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect brandished a handgun while committing the robbery. An alert witness outside the store observed the suspect fleeing the area in a vehicle, and the witness provided excellent information for responding Deputies. This information lead to the discovery of the unoccupied suspect vehicle crashed at the intersection of Broadway and Smith Flat Road, just East of Placerville.
An extensive search of the area for the suspect was immediately conducted by Deputies, Placerville Police, and the California Highway Patrol Officers. Affected schools in the area of Schnell School were searched for the suspect and deemed safe by law enforcement.
As search teams were leaving the schools, the suspect was observed walking through the parking lot of the Dollar Store on upper Broadway, in the City of Placerville. Several Deputies contacted the suspect and detained him. A handgun was found on the suspect, and the vehicle he was seen driving in was stolen out of Carson City, Nevada.
The suspect was identified as 22 year old Aaron Donald Friesen, a resident of Carson City, Nevada. A records check of Friesen revealed he had a felony warrant out of Carson City, Nevada for domestic violence, and was considered armed and dangerous.
On March 4th, 2016, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy John Anthony Broadfoot was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on charges of driving under the influence after an accident in the Shingle Springs area. This is the third time Broadfoot has been arrested for DUI since December 8th, 2015, and he was booked into County Jail in Placerville with a $250,000 bail.
Broadfoot was initially arrested for DUI on December 8th, 2015. That incident occurred in South Lake Tahoe area. At that time, Broadfoot was placed on paid administrative leave.
The second arrest occurred on February 25th, 2016 when Broadfoot rolled his vehicle on Highway 50 near Ice House Road. Broadfoot was not injured.
The two latest arrests – February 25 and March 4 – were made by California Highway Patrol Officers out of the Placerville office, and the December 8th arrest was made by California Highway Patrol Officers out of the South Lake Tahoe office.
On March 7, 2016, Broadfoot was released from the County Jail after posting bail.
The California Highway Patrol is the primary law enforcement agency investigating these incidents and further inquiries should be directed through their office.