A case that began just after the start of the New Year ended with an arrest on Monday, Jan. 9 and a Farmington man was booked at San Joaquin County Jail on multiple charges.
According to Escalon Police Chief Mike Borges, the suspect – identified as 24-year old Alexandro Xavier – first came to the department’s attention last week.
“On January 2, at 2:37 p.m., Sergeant Gustavo Flores attempted to make contact with a subject on a motorcycle in the Plaza Shopping Center, near Burger King,” Chief Borges explained. “He was in the process of checking the license plate of the motorcycle the subject was getting onto, when the subject saw what he was doing. The subject dropped some of the items he had in his hands, and as he tried to put on his backpack immediately drove off at a high rate of speed northbound on Escalon Avenue.”
Authorities said Xavier was traveling at speeds in excess of 90 MPH, failing to stop at stop signs, and driving in a reckless manner so Sgt. Flores terminated his pursuit in the area of Escalon Avenue and Buerer Lane. Upon returning to the area where he first saw the subject, the sergeant was able to view video of the subject and identify him as Alexandro Xavier, 24, from Farmington. Continuing his investigation, Sgt. Flores learned that Xavier is on PRCS, (post-release community supervision) and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, through both the Escalon Police Department and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office for traffic violations.
On Monday, Jan. 9 shortly after 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Flores and Detective Anthony Hardgraves attempted to make contact at the last known address for Xavier in Farmington.
“They were able to locate him at the location, and when they attempted to take him into custody, he tried to run out the back door of the house,” said Borges. “Detective Hardgraves immediately took him into custody.”
While checking the motorcycle Xavier was riding on the day he fled, Sgt. Flores and Det. Hardgraves found the backpack Xavier was wearing during the initial incident on Monday, Jan. 2 as well as a second backpack. Inside the backpacks were parts for shotguns and rifles.
“A search revealed two lower receivers for FN FAL assault type weapons,” explained Borges. “The possession of just the receivers constitutes possession of a firearm/assault weapon.”
Xavier was ultimately arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail for the following charges: Evading a police officer, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an illegal assault weapon, and two warrants for traffic violations.