For Immediate Release
|Date||November 2, 2004|
|Contact||Sergeant Lisa Williams|
On Tuesday, November 2, 2004, Officers of the
Riverside Police Department initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the 60
Freeway near Main Street. The driver was found to be in possession of narcotics,
and was suspected of driving a stolen vehicle.
While he was being handcuffed, he assaulted the two officers and fled on foot. The officers chased the suspect, who ran into the schoolyard at Fremont Elementary School. It was believed that the suspect continued into the neighborhood immediately east of schoolyard bordering the playground. For the safety of the children, Fremont Elementary was immediately locked down and a team of officers and school officials methodically verified that each classroom and all of the children were safe and the suspect was not on campus.
The school continued on lockdown as officers transferred their efforts to the neighborhood adjacent to the school. During a search, a Riverside Police Department Service Dog located the suspect hiding in a residential out-building, where he was taken into custody. In addition to the narcotics and assault charges the suspect was determined to be a parolee at large. The investigation related to suspicion of auto theft is continuing.