News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

12/28/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 1228201401
Subject :

Police Arrest Suspect after Overnight Vehicle Pursuit
Contact : Marco Estrada, Agent, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- Police arrested a suspect driving a stolen vehicle for multiple charges overnight after he almost ran over an officer who had attempted to stop him.  The suspect led officers on a 15-minute vehicle pursuit before driving into a neighborhood park, crashing into a fence, and fleeing on foot into private yards.  With the assistance of a police helicopter and a canine, police arrested the man and booked him into jail.  No officers were seriously injured.

On Sunday, December 28, 2014, at about 1:07 a.m., officers patrolling downtown saw a black 1991 Nissan pick-up truck driving in the 400 block of Emerson Street that had been reported stolen on December 15 from the 600 block of Runnymede Street in East Palo Alto.  Police followed the truck, but before they could turn on their lights, it pulled into City Parking Lot "P" at 551 High Street and stopped.  Two officers in separate police cars then activated their lights and began to conduct a high-risk stop at about 1:08 a.m.

The suspect and solo occupant of the truck ignored commands and instead drove the truck at the two officers.  One officer was able to get out of the way, but the other officer, who was just stepping out from his vehicle, had to jump back into the driver's seat to avoid being struck.  The truck ran into his open driver’s door, forcing it shut as it passed and causing minor damage to the patrol car.  Had the officer not been able to get back into his car, he would have been hit by the truck.  The truck then drove off at a high rate of speed, and both officers began to pursue the truck, as the suspect was now wanted for felony assault with a deadly weapon against officers in addition to being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Officers pursued the truck through several parts of Palo Alto as the suspect attempted to evade police.  Eventually, at about 1:23 a.m., the suspect turned off the vehicle’s headlights, drove up onto the grass of Seale Park at 3100 Stockton Place, and crashed into a fence, knocking down a four-foot segment.  The suspect abandoned the truck, began hopping fences, and soon disappeared into private backyards.

Police set up a perimeter containment in the neighborhood, and called for air support to assist with the manhunt.  A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol responded and assisted ground units with the search.  Deputies from the Stanford Department of Public Safety and officers from the Mountain View Police Department and Menlo Park Police Department also helped with the search.  A canine team from the Palo Alto Police Department led a yard-to-yard search for the suspect.

Just after 2:15 a.m., CHP officers in the helicopter radioed to ground units that they had found the suspect hiding in the backyard of a home in the 900 block of Loma Verde Avenue.  They reported that the suspect was about to climb another fence into another yard.  Responding officers used the police canine to apprehend the suspect.  The suspect continued to resist arrest even after being bitten by the police canine, but officers were able to take him into custody at 2:19 a.m. after a short struggle.

The suspect sustained minor injuries to his left thigh, a laceration to his right hand, and scratches on his face.  Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported him to a local hospital, where medical personnel treated his injuries and then cleared him for incarceration.  Police booked 21-year-old Agustin Barron Angulo of San Jose into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for four felonies: assault with a deadly weapon, felony resisting arrest, reckless driving, and vehicle theft.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached.

Two officers sustained minor cuts and scratches to their hands and knees during the arrest.  They did not require medical attention.  The police dog was not injured.

While no community alert notification was made due to the overnight hour, personnel from our 24-hour dispatch center made personal phone calls to individual residences within the search area to notify residents of what was going on.

The grass at Seale Park sustained damage caused by the suspect vehicle driving on it, as well as from a tow truck that got stuck while attempting to remove the vehicle from the park.  Both vehicles eventually made it out, and the wrecker towed the suspect vehicle to our station for evidence processing.  Police will eventually release the truck to its lawful owner.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.





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