Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Friday, January 6, 2006
Contact Lieutenant Brian Baitx
Phone (951) 351-6050


Auto-Theft Suspect Arrested After Pursuit



Riverside, Ca- On Friday, January 6, 2006 at 10:12 AM, officers of the Riverside Police Department initiated a pursuit of a stolen Honda sedan in the area of Gramercy Place and Crest Avenue. A lone suspect attempting to escape drove in and around several streets in the Arlanza neighborhood. The vehicle pursuit lasted almost eight minutes and passed by the campus of Norte Vista High School.

At one point, the suspect deliberately drove the vehicle across traffic lanes and directly at assisting police units. Those officers were able to avoid collision with the suspect vehicle and later assisted in the arrest.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle at 8655 Arlington and fled on foot. He was captured after a short foot pursuit into a nearby apartment complex.

There were no collisions as a result of the pursuit and there was no interruption to activities at Norte Vista High. The pursued vehicle was stolen from the City of Anaheim. The suspect was identified as:

Richard Raul Hurtado, DOB 3-26-72

Hurtado is a resident of Anaheim. He was booked for felony charges of evading a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon (the stolen vehicle), auto theft, possession of stolen property and violation of parole.