MORENO VALLEY (City News Service) – An armed suspect who led Riverside County sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Moreno Valley, culminating in gunfire, remains at large today, Dec. 31.
As of this afternoon, investigators were still seeking information on the whereabouts of the unidentified man. His alleged partner, 20-year-old Manuel Lomeli of Moreno Valley, was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm and felony evading.
According to sheriff’s officials, around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, deputies attempted to stop a black Hyundai sedan on Sunnymead Boulevard after the driver plowed through a stop sign.
The motorist, whose erratic driving indicated he was probably drunk, allegedly ignored a patrol unit’s lights and siren and went onto the eastbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, exiting moments later at Moreno Beach Drive and heading north, sheriff’s Cpl. Angel Ramos said.
He said the suspect lost control of the vehicle in the 29000 block of Locust Avenue, crashing into a fence.
Both occupants fled on foot. The front-seat passenger, Lomeli, was allegedly spotted reaching into his waistband, prompting a deputy to open fire, Ramos said.
The suspect was not hit and surrendered. A handgun was found nearby, according to Ramos.
The driver managed to elude capture, despite deputies canvassing the area with the assistance of a bloodhound and air unit, Ramos said.
He said a handgun was located in the driver’s seat of the Hyundai.
The suspect being sought is described as heavyset with a shaved head and facial hair, wearing dark-colored clothing.
Anyone with information was urged to call the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at (951) 486-6700.
Officer shoots at armed man following car chase
MORENO VALLEY – A failed traffic stop led to an officer involved shooting in Moreno Valley, police said today, Dec. 30.
The incident began at 6:32 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, when Moreno Valley police officers saw a black Hyundai fail to obey a stop sign on Sunnymead Boulevard, said Cpl. Angel Ramos.
The officers followed the car to eastbound Highway 60 where erratic driving led them to believe the driver might be intoxicated, so they initiated a pursuit, Ramos said.
The Hyundai driver exited at Moreno Beach, continuing northbound, until he lost control of the car and crashed into a fence in the 29000 block of Locust Avenue, Ramos said.
The driver and passenger, both men, got out of the car and ran, he said.
An officer chasing the passenger saw him reach into his waistband and an officer involved shooting occurred, Ramos said.
The passenger, Manuel Lomelli, 20, of Moreno Valley, was not injured, the corporal said. Lomelli was arrested and a handgun was recovered near him.
The driver of the car remained at large, Ramos said. No officers were injured in the incident.
The officer involved was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, he said.