Junior college football players arrested in Santa Rosa prostitute shooting

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (KTVU and wires) --  Two Santa Rosa men were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in connection with the shooting of a prostitute at a Rohnert Park motel earlier this month.

The suspects, Ronnie Paul Threadgill, 22, and Koa James Sibley, 19, who were participating in a Santa Rosa Junior College football tryout weight training and conditioning program, were arrested Friday, Rohnert Park police said.

The woman in her 20s was shot multiple times in and around a room at the Motel 6 on Commerce Boulevard in Rohnert Park around 2 a.m. July 2.

She remains hospitalized with serious injuries and has been unable to communicate with detectives, Rohnert Park police said.

Threadgill is suspected of shooting the woman and hitting a man who was staying with her in the head with a gun, police said. Police previously identified the gun assault victim as 24-year-old Alton Emanuel Stewart of Sacramento.

Threadgill is being held under $1 million bail in the Sonoma County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder and battery, and Sibley is being held under $500,000 bail for being an accessory to the attempted murder and assault.

A Rohnert Park police officer stopped Threadgill and Sibley as they drove away from a Jack in the Box restaurant near the motel minutes after Stewart reported the shooting, police said.

Threadgill and Sibley said they were SRJC football players and they had just stopped at the restaurantfor food, police said.

The officer found food in the car and identified Threadgill and Sibley, who were released after another police officer requested help with another possible suspect.

Video from businesses near the motel showed Threadgill being dropped off by a car and walking to the motel, then running away from the motel and being picked up by the car a short time later.

Police then determined Sibley's car in the video was the one leaving the restaurant after the shooting, and Threadgill matched the description of the suspected shooter. Detectives also found photos of Threadgill wearing distinct eyeglasses that were the same as those found in the motel room.

 Stewart, who was arrested for pimping, identified Threadgill as the man who struck him in the head with a gun as Threadgill fled the hotel room after the gunfire.

Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa Junior College and Santa Rosa police and the Sonoma County Sheriff's office arrested Threadgill as he drove away from the weight training class on the college campus around 4:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

Sibley was arrested around 6:50 p.m. Friday at work in the Santa Rosa Plaza. Their arraignment in Sonoma County Superior Court is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.