For Immediate Release

Santa Rosa Man Sentenced to Maximum Term in Prison for Assaulting Elderly Victim in Her Home

Santa Rosa, CA | May 09, 2022

Defendant Tai Kincaid, 44 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Thursday May 5th by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve eight years and eight months in state prison after pleading “no contest” in March to charges of residential burglary of an elderly victim, assaulting an elderly victim with a deadly weapon, and evading law enforcement.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a frightening and unprovoked attack on a vulnerable victim. The defendant then put other drivers in danger with his reckless attempt to escape apprehension. As we stated in court, we believed the aggravated sentence for the charges was appropriate, and the court agreed.”

The incident occurred on January 9, 2021 at around 4:00 in the afternoon as the 73-year-old victim took a nap at her home near Occidental. At that time Kincaid, who grew-up in the area and went to school with the victim’s son, forced his way into her home and physically attacked her. In addition to throwing furniture at her, causing injury, the defendant pinned her to a counter and strangled her. The victim’s screams alerted a nearby witness who came to her assistance. Following the attack Kincaid fled in his vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies canvassed the area before locating the defendant just west of Sebastopol where he led them on a high-speed chase. Deputies eventually disabled his vehicle with the help of a “spike strip,” and placed him under arrest.

At the sentencing hearing the victim addressed the court and detailed the emotional and physical harm she suffered from the attack. Following her statements, the court sentenced Kincaid to the maximum term of imprisonment allowed for the charges.

The case was investigated by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Marianna Green.

Contact Information:

Joan Croft
Media Coordinator
Office of the District Attorney

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