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3 accused of vandalizing former home of Derek Chauvin defense witness arrested

Police believe more people may have been involved in the vandalism.
Amber Lucas, Rowan Dalbey and Kristen Aumoithe. 

Amber Lucas, Rowan Dalbey and Kristen Aumoithe. 

Three people have been arrested, accused of using a pig's head and blood to vandalize the former northern California home of a witness who testified for Derek Chauvin's defense in his murder trial.

The Santa Rosa Police Department on Wednesday said three people were arrested in connection to the April 17 vandalism at the former home of defense use-of-force witness Barry Brodd. 

Police on May 11 arrested three Santa Rosa residents — Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35 —in connection to the vandalism, and they were booked into jail on charges of felony vandalism and conspiracy, the release says. 

Aumoithe was released in lieu of $10,000 bail, while the other two were released on their own recognizance, the Star Tribune says.

According to police, officers responded to a home in west Santa Rosa around 3:07 a.m. on April 17 after the current homeowner said they were awakened by a group of people who threw a pig's head on their front porch and splattered blood on the front of their house. 

The vandalism at the home is estimated to be in the "thousands of dollars."

Police said in the initial news release that it appeared the suspects were targeting Brodd, though he no longer lived there. At the time, Brodd had "recently testified" in Chauvin's trial, testifying that Chauvin's actions were justified and reasonable.

"It doesn't hurt, you've put the suspect in a position where it's safe for you the officer, safe for them – the suspect – and you're using minimal effort to keep them on the ground" Brodd said.

Meanwhile, police believe there are still additional suspects that were involved. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Santa Rosa Police Department.

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