A wanted felon was arrested in Turlock on Thursday for a litany of criminal charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer after he intentionally rammed a vehicle occupied by a law enforcement member.
Robert Strauss, 25, of San Jose was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, auto theft, felony evading, felony evading while driving on the opposite lane of travel and two no bail warrants out of San Jose for being a felon in possession of a firearm, having a firearm with narcotics, possession of narcotics for sales and auto theft.
Strauss’ path towards arrest began Thursday morning when Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce agents spotted a stolen 1999 Honda Civic in the area of Minnesota Avenue and Princeton Court in Turlock.
The agents watched the car and when they saw Strauss begin to drive away in it, they attempted to place him under arrest. Strauss immediately started the vehicle and drove forward, intentionally ramming a Stan CATT vehicle.
Strauss fled the area in the stolen Honda and the StanCATT agents initiated a pursuit. Turlock Police officers joined in the pursuit and were chasing after Strauss when he collided into a vehicle and they were able to take him into custody.
There were no injuries reported from the vehicle collision. The StanCATT agent whose vehicle was rammed was not injured.
Strauss was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.
“We are extremely grateful for the assistance received from Turlock PD in apprehending this dangerous subject,” StanCATT posted on their Facebook page.