Things Come to a Boil at Chefs' Market

Effort to apprehend drug suspect turns into crowd upheaval at Coombs Plaza

Street food and shopping got a bit out of hand at Thursday's on First Street last night. It started about 5:30 p.m., when tried to take a young woman into custody.

The officer contacted Kelsey Lyn Patterson, 20, of Napa, near the Coombs St Plaza and took her into custody for an outstanding felony arrest warrant for a prior drug violation charge. (Patterson had just been listed on the Napa Crime Watch list; )

During the arrest, however, Douglas Joseph Herich, 54, of Napa, approached the officer and attempted to interfere. Herich displayed objective signs of intoxication and refused orders from the officers not to interfere. When he refused, he too was detained.

Herich called for members of the gathering crowd to set him free. Sean Michael Horne, 25, of Napa, came out from the crowd and approached the arresting officer in an aggressive manner, attempting to interfere with the detention of Herich.

Additional NPD cover officers arrived on the scene as Horne continued to attempt to interfere with the detention of Herich. As they arrived Horne attempted to flee back into the crowd but was detained by NPD Officers. Horne was determined to be intoxicated and in violation of his probation terms.

All three suspects -- Patterson, Herich and Horne -- were booked into Napa County Detention Center.

In an unrelated incident a little over an hour later, at 6:45, Francesco Cosimo Commisso, 21, of Napa was contacted by downtown Napa Police foot patrol officers in the area of First and Franklin streets, some blocks away from the popular Thursday night street market. Commisso was confirmed to have two felony warrants for his arrest and he was taken into custody and booked into NCDC.

Kirsten Niesar July 08, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I absolutely feel safe at the Chef's Market. It is a wonderful local event. I am very appreciative of the police presence there, it is one of the things that helps keep things under control.
Matt July 08, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I feel pretty safe but there are alot of sketchy characters there. It seems like a nice magnet for those types I guess, maybe to their detriment because they get arrested there.
Veronica July 08, 2011 at 07:28 PM
Yes, I feel safe - I got there around 6:30 last night and there was no sign left of the earlier event described in the article. I don't agree that there are a lot of sketchy characters at Chef's Market, in particular - I see lots of people of all ages out enjoying the evening. I'm not sure how I feel about police randomly "contacting" people during the event, though. The article doesn't describe what, if anything, the 20-year old was doing to make police approach her.
jjenkins July 08, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I have noticed that there a lot of officers identified as probation officers. If the Chef's market is where probation offenders show up, then it's smart of probation to be at the event. Personally, I feel quite safe at the event.


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