Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Suspected car thief arrested following chase

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police officers arrested a suspected car thief following a brief pursuit along North Main Street in Riverside’s Northside industrial area shortly before noon Tuesday, October 17.

A Riverside Police auto theft detective assigned to the North Neighborhood Policing Area was patrolling an area near Columbia Avenue and North Main Street when he spotted a white 1995 Ford F-150 pick-up truck matching the description of a known stolen vehicle, occupied by two males. The truck was reported stolen from a Northside location one week ago.

At 11:36 a.m., when the truck failed to stop at a stop sign, the detective attempted a traffic stop but the truck sped away. Traveling northbound on North Main Street, the suspect at one point swerved into opposing southbound lanes to get around traffic.

The suspect was seen turning west onto Carter Avenue where he drove into an industrial complex. The truck was discovered abandoned on the 4000-block of Alamo Street. Onlookers directed responding police officers to the suspects’ paths of escape. Patrol officers located the suspect, covered in leaves and hidden behind a large parked trailer. The suspect had apparently cut his hand on barbed wire while scaling a fence. Javier ZAVALA, Jr., 25, was arrested at noon on a parole warrant for a previous auto theft.

The second occupant, later identified as a 32-year-old Riverside male, was seen fleeing on a bicycle taken from the back of the pick-up truck. He was later located near the origin of the pursuit and questioned.

The Ford F-150 was undamaged but the high-end rims the owner reported said he installed on the truck just weeks ago had been replaced with standard rims.