Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date July 27, 2003
Contact Lt. Ken Raya
Phone (909) 251-6099


Vehicle Pursuit

Riverside, Ca-  Officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to a call of a domestic disturbance between a woman and her ex-boyfriend in the Arlanza section of Riverside at 3:20 AM. The male suspect was attempting to gain entry into the female’s vehicle as she left her home.

Just prior to the arrival of the officers, the suspect left the scene in his own vehicle. Responding officers observed him leaving the scene and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect refused to stop and a low speed pursuit ensued.

During the course of the pursuit officers from the Riverside Police Department deployed “Spike Strips” in an effort to disable the suspect’s vehicle. Once the spike strips were deployed, the suspect immediately accelerated to a much higher rate of speed and began to drive in an unsafe manner.

The supervisor on scene of the pursuit determined that the pursuit was a threat to the public and terminated the vehicle pursuit. Officers from the Riverside Police Department discontinued their pursuit.

Follow up investigation into the matter indicated that the male had been stalking the ex-girlfriend for the past several days, and the male was described as suicidal and had made threats to kill himself.

Twenty minutes after Riverside Police had terminated their pursuit, the suspect was observed driving erratically by officers from the California Highway Patrol in the Corona area. They also attempted to stop the suspect, however he fled from them and led them on a pursuit into the Temecula area of Riverside County where he barricaded himself in his vehicle.

CHP Officers took him into custody after a ninety-minute standoff. The suspect was booked on several felony charges including felony evading, felony stalking and other domestic violence related charges.