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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sgt. Alex Holm
Date: May 25, 2022 12:40 PM
Case Number: SR22-03598

Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder

On May 25th, 2022, at about 5:40 am, the San Rafael Police Department received a 911 call from a woman reporting she had been stabbed.  Officers responded to the 600 block of Woodbine Drive in San Rafael and located a 55-year-old woman who had suffered multiple stab wounds.   The woman was transported to an area hospital, and she is expected to survive.  Officers were quickly able to identify a potential suspect as Nicholas Wambach, a 24-year-old resident of Valley Springs, Ca.  Wambach fled the area in a vehicle, and additionally, he is related to the victim.  Suspect information was broadcast to our law enforcement partners in Marin County. 

At about 6:45AM, a Marin County Sheriff’s Deputy located the suspect vehicle driving on Point Reyes Petaluma Road near Nicasio Valley Road in Marin County.  Marin Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle fled.  A 37-minute pursuit ensued and ended near Shoreline Highway at Pacific Way (near the Muir Beach parking lot) when Wambach lost control of his vehicle and collided with a concrete retaining wall.  Marin County Sheriff Deputies and Officers from the California Highway Patrol took Wambach into custody at the collision scene. 

Wambach suffered significant but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and was transported by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.  He is currently in-custody while at the hospital and upon his release, Wambach will be booked at the Marin County Jail for attempted murder. San Rafael Police Department Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are continuing their investigation.

The men and women of the San Rafael Police Department share our best wishes for the victim’s recovery and thank the assistance and support of her family during this investigation.  We would also like to thank the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol for their assistance.

There is no booking photo to release at this time.  If you have press inquiries, please contact Lieutenant Dan Fink at 415-485-3148.

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Posted: May 25, 2022 12:40 PDT by Lt. Dan Fink #447

Updated: May 25, 2022 12:41 PDT by Dan Fink


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