Additional information has been released regarding a suspect who fled from police early afternoon Friday.
The man, described as a Hispanic male adult about 35 years of age, five-feet, 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with short brown hair, had a goatee and moustache trimmed short. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and tan pants.
The suspect fled from the 1300 block of Yosemite after officers attempted to contact him about 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.
Officer Carl Poortinga observed a Ford pick-up with Texas license plates park on Yosemite and recognized the vehicle as one he had had contact with on Jan. 16, at which time a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle. The driver this time was not the one arrested in January but police said the man appeared nervous and tried the doors at a home and then opened a window to gain entry.
Finding this unusual, Officer Poortinga attempted to determine if the subject lived at the location. Making contact, the subject refused to identify himself or exit the duplex. He claimed it was his girlfriend’s home, but she was not inside at this time. Sgt. Gustavo Flores arrived on scene and attempted to have the subject come outside. The subject refused to but did provide a name for his girlfriend.
“We began trying to locate the girlfriend to confirm his story and his identity,” explained Police Chief Mike Borges.
Shortly before 2 p.m., a woman who was identified as the girlfriend arrived. The subject would not open the door for her, and made her stand outside the window to talk to him and us.
“She did say the male subject was her boyfriend. It appeared she did not have a key to enter the house or if she did, refused to use it while we were present,” Borges said.
Officers were finally able to obtain a name for the subject but could not locate information on him and found nothing to indicate he had a valid driver’s license.
“Due the evasiveness of the subject, the lack of valid identification, and lack of a valid driver’s license, we told the subject his vehicle was going to be towed due to him being an unlicensed driver,” Borges added.
The man then began yelling at officers from the window in English as well as Spanish and as police went back to the pickup, the subject unlocked the front door and allowed the female into the duplex.
Just after 2 p.m., the man exited the building and walked to the rear of the duplex, and immediately began to jump fences and run eastbound from the location. It was about this time that Officer Poortinga located a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun in the pickup between the driver’s seat and center console.
Officers began to pursue the subject on foot; assistance from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and Ripon Police Department was received and a search for the subject was conducted.
“As this was taking place, our dispatch was receiving calls that a subject was seen running eastbound at various locations,” Borges said.
After nearly an hour of searching the area, officers were unable to locate the subject.
In addition to the handgun, various amounts of narcotics and evidence of sales were also found on the passenger seat of the pick-up.