|Woman arrested for lynching in RP
The Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety on Aug. 15 arrested a woman for the felony charge of lynching.
The term lynching generally is considered an extrajudicial execution carried out by a mob. It often involves hanging in order to punish an alleged criminal, or it can be used to intimidate, control or manipulate a population of people. Under the California Penal Code Section 405a, however, lynching is the taking by means of a riot any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer.
In this case, 21-year-old Amanda Alvarado was charged with the crime. According to a public safety report, an officer was dispatched to a home on Mitchell Drive near midnight because of a party disturbance.
Those inside the home said none of them lived at the residence, so the officer told them to leave. One woman, 20-year-old Sarra Qutob, came running up the street and claimed to live at the residence. She initially refused to give the officer her name. She tried to run away, according to the report, but was arrested for public intoxication.
Alvarado then pushed the officer and tried to free Qutob from custody.
Alvarado was then arrested and charged with lynching, misdemeanor battery on a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer.