Police work to capture fugitive on the run


Police have detained a burglary suspect who evaded arrest on Thursday morning into the afternoon. The police perimeter has been called off and the area of Santa Barbara and Colby Circle is now reopen to the public, according to Claremont Chief of Police Paul Cooper. 

Around 11:53 a.m., the LA County Sheriff’s Department tried to stop a vehicle occupied by three individuals in the area of Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue. The driver was suspected in a recent burglary, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen. The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with light hair and a thin build and was last seen wearing tan shorts and a black sweater. 

The driver failed to stop, leading offers in a pursuit through the city of Claremont. The driver turned onto Ottawa Drive, where the vehicle came to a stop and all three occupants got out of the car and ran. The two passengers were detained there, but the driver kept running. Police are conducted a yard-to-yard search. 

According to COURIER staff on scene, the fugitive had barricaded himself in a home on Tulane. Claremont PD used search dogs, a helicopter and had a significant police presence along Foothill Boulevard from Mountain Avenue to Indian Hill Boulevard.The suspect was finally arrested with the assistance of the K9 unit.  

The suspect’s car was found laden with stolen property from recent residential burglaries. It is unknown if any of the stolen items were taken from Claremont homes. 


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