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Three arrested after burglary, foot pursuit, fight with officer

Three suspected burglars and known gang members were arrested after a wild foot pursuit in north Claremont.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Sunflower Place around 5 p.m. on October 24 after a witness saw a man hiding something in the bushes, the Claremont Police Department said in a release. A second caller told police they saw a red Mitsubishi with paper plates speeding away from the area.

An officer saw a car matching the witness’ description making a sharp turn into a driveway on Base Line Road. Two suspects then jumped out of the car, running north and jumping fences, police said.

After the suspects split up, one was caught as he tried to run into the year yard of a home on San Luis Place, near Indian Hill Boulevard.

The other suspect was seen running up Indian Hill toward La Puerta Sports Park. At one point, police said, the suspect entered a home, causing a mother and her 10-year-old child to flee.

The pursuing officer caught the suspect in the back yard of a home on the 2300 block of Coalinga Court. But the suspect wasn’t going down without a fight—he attacked the officer, punching and choking him, police said. Several officers arrived to give aid, and the suspect continued to fight.

After several minutes, he was taken into custody, police said. The officer was not injured, save from being physically sore during the struggle.

A third suspect was arrested on the 200 block of San Luis, police said.

During the investigation, officers discovered the suspects had just burglarized a home on the 100 block of Miramar Drive. Stolen property was located inside their car, and police believe they are responsible for several home burglaries that have occurred in the area in the last three weeks.

Police also found a scanner inside the car, giving the men access to police radio transmissions.

Reginald Cartwright, 27 from Inglewood, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, attempted burglary, resisting arrest, conspiracy, gang enhancement and a no bail parole hold.

Ronald Washington, 36 from Los Angeles, was arrested for burglary, attempted burglary, resisting arrest, conspiracy and a gang enhancement.

Melvin Howard, 28 from Los Angeles, was arrested for burglary, attempted burglary, threatening an officer, resisting arrest, conspiracy, gang enhancement and for having an outstanding warrant and a no-bail probation hold.

Police say all three are gang members with extensive criminal histories.

Anyone with additional information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

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