Burglary suspect arrested in San Jacinto after lengthy pursuit
A burglary suspect was arrested after leading sheriff’s deputies and police officers on a pursuit that traveled through several cities and unincorporated communities in southern Riverside County Sunday, Feb. 19.
The pursuit began in Temecula and ended in San Jacinto where the man was arrested after fleeing from his vehicle into an apartment complex.
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Police station apprehended Alonzo Armando Saucedo, 23, of San Jacinto after they found him hiding in an apartment complex located near the 100 block of Tiger Lane.
“Saucedo was arrested and booked at the Southwest Detention Center on multiple felony crimes related to burglary, possession of stolen property, felony evading, and violation of parole,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Menchaca explained in a press release about the incident and arrest.
The incident began when deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police station were dispatched to the 41000 block of Avenida De La Reina at 8 p.m., after receiving reports of a residential burglary in progress.
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When deputies arrived in the area, they spotted a silver Honda Accord leaving the area at a high rate of speed, according to Menchaca. Deputies saw the car was occupied by two people. The driver was later identified as Saucedo.
When deputies attempted to conduct an investigatory traffic stop, Saucedo refused to yield and accelerated away from them. Based on the circumstances, deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit.
“Officers attempted to disable the vehicle by using spike strips,” Menchaca said about the incident. “The driver avoided the spike strips, sideswiped a parked vehicle, and kept going.”
The suspects fled on surface streets through the city of Temecula before heading northbound through several cities and unincorporated communities; including Murrieta, Winchester, Hemet, and San Jacinto.
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While fleeing, the suspects drove in an extremely reckless manner, without regard for the safety of other citizens or pursuing officers. Based on the dangerous nature of the ongoing pursuit, the Riverside County Sheriff’s aviation unit took over the chase from above in one of the department’s helicopters.
While the helicopter was monitoring the suspect’s direction of travel, the driver suddenly pulled over, allowing the passenger from the vehicle to flee from the vehicle on the area of E. Shaver and S. Camino Los Banos in the city of Hemet.
“Officers on the ground attempted to locate the man, but were unable to find him,” Menchaca explained after the incident.
After the passenger fled, the driver continued to travel on surface streets, before he came to a stop at an apartment complex located near the 100 block of Tiger Lane.
“The driver exited the vehicle and ran through the apartment complex wearing a ski mask,” according to Menchaca.
Following directions from the sheriff’s helicopter, deputies from the San Jacinto Police station quickly moved in and apprehended Saucedo.
During a subsequent search of the Honda, deputies located “numerous stolen items from the burglary” inside the vehicle.
An online jail records search revealed Saucedo was booked on suspicion of recklessly evading police officers, residential burglary, and violation of parole. He is being held without bail.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099 or the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000. Callers can refer to incident file number TE170500122 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.
Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.