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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: December 20, 2022 2:00 PM

UPDATE - Suspect in Custody for Felony Assault on an SRPD Officer

San Rafael, CA – On 12/19/22, James Henry Flournoy, a 44-year-old Oakland resident, wanted by SRPD for an assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, was arrested by the San Pablo Police Department.  San Pablo Police located Flournoy while trying to locate a reported stolen vehicle in their jurisdiction.  Flournoy was booked in the Contra Costa County Jail and the San Rafael Police Department was notified of his arrest.  

Flournoy was wanted by SRPD in connection with a case that occurred in San Rafael on 12/08/22.  At 10:15 PM, Flournoy was found in a reported stolen vehicle at the San Rafael Yacht Club.  When an officer made a traffic stop of the vehicle, Flournoy drove the vehicle in reverse toward the officer and his police car.  The stolen vehicle collided with the officer and the police car, temporarily pinning the officer, and causing injury.  

Flournoy then rammed another police car that was blocking his path.  After colliding with the police car, Flournoy drove to the back of the parking lot, made a U-turn, and came back toward officers.  Flournoy was driving back toward the injured officer, who was limping and trying to get out of the way.  Two officers ran to the aid of the injured officer and placed themselves between the advancing suspect vehicle and the injured officer with their firearms pointed toward Flournoy.  Both officers, fearing that Flournoy was going to run over the injured officer during his attempt to escape, gave orders for Flournoy to stop.  Flournoy briefly complied and stopped the vehicle.  

Seconds later, Flournoy placed the vehicle in reverse and drove back toward the back of the parking lot again.  Flournoy never cooperated with police officers and fled toward the rear of the parking lot where he was able to escape capture.  

SRPD Detectives developed several leads and partnered with Marin County’s Special Investigations Unit and Auto Theft Task Force to identify and locate Flournoy.  SRPD Detectives were able to compare surveillance video from this case with law enforcement crime bulletins where Flournoy was pictured committing crimes in other jurisdictions.  It appeared that Flournoy had been on a multi-jurisdictional crime spree over several weeks. Once Flournoy was identified, SRPD Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for his arrest.  

Flournoy will face extradition to Marin County to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, obstructing an officer, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The San Rafael Police Department wishes to express our appreciation to our community for their ongoing support of the injured officer who continues to recover.  We also wanted to extend our appreciation to our law enforcement partners for their assistance in locating and arresting Flournoy.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.

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Posted: December 20, 2022 2:01 PST by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: December 20, 2022 2:52 PST by Justin Graham


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