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San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Officer K. Maley #609
Date: June 08, 2021 2:35 PM
Case Number: SR21-03778

Robbery Suspect Arrested after Swimming in the Bay

San Rafael, CA - On June 07, 2021, at approximately 3:15pm, the San Rafael Police Department received a report of a female subject inside the business Andy’s Local Market, located at 75 Loch Lomond Drive, throwing items and breaking glass.  SRPD was on another priority call for service and requested mutual aid from the Marin County Sherriff Office. The MCSO arrived on scene and assisted with the incident. Witnesses on scene reported the subject hit an employee with a bottle of alcohol and punched the employee several times. The female subject had fled the scene prior to MCSO’s arrival.

At approximately 3:45 pm, the female subject, who was later identified as Julianne Riebeling, a 51-year-old female with no fixed address, returned to the business and attempted to strike the same employee with a hammer. While SRPD was en-route to the scene, Riebeling had fled from the area on foot, towards the gated community of San Pedro Cove. Riebeling entered resident’s backyards, and eventually fled to the shoreline of the San Rafael Bay.

SRPD Officers responded to this location and set up a perimeter. Officers were able to locate Riebeling on the shoreline near the area of 400 Bay Way and observed her swimming away east bound into the bay to escape capture.

Utilizing SRPD’s patrol boat, Officers trailed Riebeling as she swam into the bay. SRPD summoned assistance from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Riebeling swam to the southwestern side of the West Marin Island. The CHP helicopter took SRPD’s K-9 Team and other SRPD Officers were transported by a USCG boat to locate Riebeling by the island.

As Officers waded into the water from the USCG boat, SRPD’s K-9 Team landed safely on the island. Riebeling was located by officers and given multiple commands to surrender but Riebeling refused to comply with Officer’s commands.  Ultimately, Riebeling surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody.

Riebeling was flown back to shore by the CHP Helicopter. The San Rafael Fire Department rendered medical aid and transported Riebeling to a local hospital.  After medical clearance, Riebeling was placed under arrest for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest. Riebeling was transported and booked at the Marin County Jail.

The San Rafael Police Department would like to thank the San Rafael Fire Department, the United States Coast Guard, the California Highway Patrol and the Marin County Sheriff Office for their assistance.




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Posted: June 08, 2021 2:29 PDT by Officer K. Maley #609

Updated: June 08, 2021 2:32 PDT by Kaitlin Maley

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