A vehicle pursuit involving a stolen car ended with the arrests of two men suspected of a home invasion robbery in Hughson, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported.
The incident began around 3 p.m. Wednesday when deputies with the Sheriff’s Community Resource Unit spotted a stolen Audi in the area of Crows Landing Road and Winmore Way.
The deputies initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the Audi, later identified as Luis Garcia-Gomez, 26, of Watsonville, pulled the Audi over to the side of the road, but sped away as the deputies approached on foot.
The pursuit ended on Hatch Road just west of Jim Way when the Audi collided with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured in the collision, according to the sheriff’s department.
Garcia-Gomez and the passenger, Jonathan Arias, 24, of Watsonville, both fled the crashed Audi on foot. Both men were caught after a short foot chase. The sheriff’s department said Garcia-Gomez assaulted one of the CRU deputies as he was attempting to take him into custody.
As the pursuit was being broadcast over the radio, deputies in Hughson recognized the description of the Audi as possibly being involved in an early morning attempted home invasion robbery.
The attempted home invasion occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 6000 block of Fox Road.
The homeowner provided Hughson deputies with video surveillance that showed a white Audi and two male suspects.
In the video Arias is seen coming up and ringing the doorbell.
“When nobody answered the door, Arias and Garcia-Gomez made their way to the backyard of the home and broke out the sliding glass door,” the sheriff’s department stated in a news release.
The pair entered the home, but were scared off by the homeowner’s dogs and fled the home in the stolen Audi.
The resident, who was home at the time, was not injured.
“When we arrived at the scene of the collision, I immediately recognized one of the suspects from the surveillance video,” said Hughson Police Chief Fidel Landeros. “Both suspects were still wearing the same sweatshirts that they were wearing in the video as well.”
Garcia-Gomez was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree robbery, conspiracy, resisting arrest, evading a police officer, auto theft, possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine.
Arias was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree robbery, conspiracy, resisting arrest, and possession of stolen property.
Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Deputy Sanjay Prasad at (209) 883-4052.