Crime - Sacto 911

Two arrested near Auburn homeless shelter after chase by officers

Vanessa Mielke
Vanessa Mielke Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Placer County sheriff’s deputies arrested two people in separate incidents last week at an Auburn homeless shelter.

Deputies said that on Thursday they received word that James Prinz, 46, of Auburn was scaring people with a sledgehammer at Right Hand Auburn homeless shelter on Richardson Drive.

Deputies said Prinz resisted their attempt to place him in handcuffs and tried to kick the officers. Deputies deployed a Taser and struck Prinz with batons to subdue him.

See video from the arrest here.

However, he got up and ran. Deputies caught and subdued him then took him to jail on suspicion of resisting arrest.

While deputies and probation officers were at the shelter following the arrest of Prinz, a probation officer noticed Vanessa Mielke, 32, near the shelter. Knowing that warrants had been issued for Mielke, a probation officer tried to detain her.

She fled, and the officer gave chase. When Mielke came upon three women near Third Street and E Avenue, according to a Sheriff’s Department posting on Facebook, she threatened to hurt them.

She was arrested on suspicion of assault, resisting arrest, violation of probation, a warrant for driving while under the influence and a warrant for being drunk in public.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews