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Car hits fire hydrant after driver bails during pursuit, say deputies

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - A pursuit took a wet and wild twist Monday morning when the fleeing driver abandoned his moving vehicle, say deputies.

Sergeant Jason Ramos of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said deputies attempted to pull over a driver for a code violation in the area of Rockingham Dr. and Zinfandel Dr. around 9:23 a.m. However, the driver failed to yield, suddenly jumped out of the car, jumped back into the car, hit a fire hydrant and then a fence before jumping out again and fleeing on foot.

Deputies eventually caught the 21-year-old Rancho Cordova man and arrested him on charges of DUI, felony evading, and a probation violation, said Ramos.

The man's identity was not released.

According to Ramos, a 20-year-old woman arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and attempted to take possession of the car before officers could have it towed. She was arrested for obstruction.

Her name was not released.

Armed robber shot, killed by Sacramento store employee

Armed robber shot, killed by Sacramento store employee

SACRAMENTO - An employee of a cell phone store shot and killed a suspected armed robber Sunday afternoon and officials say the shooting appears to be justified.

Sgt. Jason Ramos of Sacramento Sheriff's Department said an armed man walked into a Rosemont area Metro PCS business in the 8900 block of Folsom Blvd. around 3 p.m.

The man encountered a store employee and then approached an office in the back of the store. A second employee armed with a gun came from the office and fired one shot at the suspect, killing him, said Ramos.

Ramos said deputies believe the man was looking for cash, phones, or other electronic items.

According to Ramos, the shooting appeared to be justified, but the investigation was still in its early stages.

Suspect at large in Folsom armed bank robbery

FOLSOM, CA - Folsom police report a man stuck up the Wells Fargo Bank at 13389 Folsom Boulevard just after 4 Wednesday afternoon.

The robber brandished a gun at bank employees and took cash before fleeing, according to Det. Tim Galovich. No one was injured in the crime.

Witnesses described the man as black and in his early to mid 20s. He was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and no facial hair. He wore a blue denim jacket over a gray sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans.

Anyone who recognizes the man from the accompanying bank surveillance camera photos was urged to contact investigator Galovich at (916) 355-7241 or tgalovich@folsom.ca.us.

Another suspect in Rosemont murder arrested

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sheriff's detectives have made a second arrest in the fatal shooting of a man found in his SUV on Westporter Drive last Thursday, Jan. 17.

Rodolfo Villa, 22, was taken into custody Wednesday for the murder of Alexander Chavez, 21, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Tuesday, Michael Almeda, 19, was arrested in connection with the case, Ramos said.

Both men remain in custody. Villa was ineligible for bail.

Man killed in Rosemont drive-by shooting identified

SACRAMENTO, CA - A man who was killed in a drive-by shooting in a south Rosemont neighborhood Thursday was identified by the Sacramento County coroner as 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez.

The shooting happened around 6:20 p.m. on the 4100 block of Westporter Drive. A man [Chavez] and woman were driving down the road in a white SUV when someone came up beside them in another car and started firing, Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said.

Chavez's mother said her son had just picked up his girlfriend and was five minutes from home when he was shot.

"All indications are this vehicle was traveling after this guy was shot and ultimately came to a stop a distance where it had been," Ramos said. "So, we've got to go up and down this block to throughout the neighborhood knocking on doors, possibly around a corner or two trying to find out exactly where the shooting was."

Two arrested in Dixon following lengthy chase

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - An attempted traffic stop in Rancho Cordova turned into lengthy pursuit along Interstate 80 Tuesday morning.

According to initial Rancho Cordova police reports, the incident began before 5 a.m. on Tuesday when officers in Rancho Cordova attempted to stop a couple suspected of being involved in an assault.

The driver fled and attempted to evade police, speeding westward on I-80 to Dixon where they finally surrendered at a gas station near Dixon Ave. around 5:40 a.m.

Police took the driver and a passenger, a man and woman, into custody at the scene without incident.

Dad, accomplice accused of shoplifting with baby, stroller

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - A father and his companion were arrested on Tuesday after they took the man's child along for a shoplifting trip at the CVS drug store on Zinfandel Drive, according to sheriff's deputies.

Sergeant Jason Ramos of the Sacramento Sheriff's Dept. said the child's father, 26-year-old Danny Williams and his accomplice, 31-year-old Deaire Jeffries concealed store merchandise inside the stroller as they walked around the store.

Ramos said the pair paid for one item at the register then left the store.

Officers were called to the scene around 2:15 p.m. and detained Williams and Jeffries a short distance from the store. Several items were then found hidden inside the stroller, including DVDs and bottles of alcohol, said Ramos.

The duo was then positively identified by CVS personnel and arrested.