Slow-speed pursuit in Riverside ends with K-9 apprehension of wanted felon

RIVERSIDE, Calif., — A slow-speed pursuit led to the arrest of a wanted parolee after a police K-9 was used to apprehend the combative and uncooperative man Friday evening, December 3.

Although the wanted suspect sustained minor dog bite-related injuries while being apprehended, no other injuries were reported after the incident, which ended at a Circle K convenience store at the intersection of Main Street and Lofton place.


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Reports from the scene indicate that at around 8:40 p.m. a City of Riverside police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a burgundy sedan in the area of Spruce and Mulberry streets.

Despite the officer’s lights and siren, the driver, since identified as Isaac Matthew Sanchez, 24, of Riverside, refused to yield at which time a pursuit was initiated.

Isaac Sanchez was arrested after a slow-speed pursuit that ended with the use of Riverside PD’s K-9 “Flynn”. He sustained minor dog-bite-related injuries on his arm and chest as a result of his apprehension. Steve Johnson/What is going on in Riverside County? photos

As the slow-speed chase continued for several blocks to the area of the 91/215/60 interchange multiple additional ground units and a Riverside PD aviation crew joined the pursuit.

At some point the suspect’s vehicle became disabled causing him to pull into the Circle K, at which time multiple patrol officers conducted a high-risk felony stop.

Despite being surrounded and having no place to run, Sanchez remained uncooperative and refused to obey officers’ commands at which time RPD deployed one of the department’s police service dogs, K-9 “Finn”, who immediately assisted in taking the violent and resistive man into custody.

After Sanchez’s arrest he was treated at the scene for minor dog bite injuries before he was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of obstructing or resisting a peace officer, recklessly evading peace officers, and violation of parole.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody, where he is being held without bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Dec. 8.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor 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, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with 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, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.