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October 28, 2011 > Police pursue and capture fleeing suspects

Police pursue and capture fleeing suspects

Submitted By Captain Brian Foley, Union City PD

On October 23, 2011at approximately 9:59 p.m., Union City officers attempted to stop a vehicle after noticing the occupants were not wearing seat belts. The vehicle, described as a four-door silver Toyota Corolla, failed to yield to emergency lights and siren and upon entering Arroyo Park, was driven in an accelerated and evasive manner.

Based on the reckless driving maneuvers, officers radioed the direction of the fleeing vehicle and another marked patrol vehicle was positioned at the opposite end of the park. Observing the waiting officers, the driver of the Toyota stopped his vehicle momentarily then accelerated directly toward the patrol car. The patrol car took evasive maneuvers and the Toyota sped away.

Police dispatch was advised of the situation and initiated pursuit of the Toyota which continued through residential areas and into Fremont neighborhoods reaching speeds of 50 to 55 MPH. Pursuit continued as the Toyota was observed driving in opposing lanes, ending in a cul-de-sac on Wyndham Drive. Police located the Toyota with its lights out but as they approached, the driver of the Toyota quickly accelerated directly toward the driver side officer. Both officers fired their handguns and the Toyota fled from the area.

Assisting officers spotted the Toyota and continued the pursuit on Ardenwood Boulevard near Isherwood Way. As an attempt was made to drive the Toyota across the raised concrete center divider, it was damaged and incapacitated. The male driver and female passenger were taken into custody at gunpoint. Officers and Investigators of the Fremont Police Department responded to the scene of the shooting and the collision and assumed the criminal investigation.

The driver was identified as Ricardo Tijero, a parolee and resident of Hayward. He was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The female passenger, identified as Yasmine Martinez, a resident of Union City who sustained a gunshot wound to the hip. She was treated and released from a local hospital. Charges are pending.

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