DANVILLE – Four 19-year-old shoplifting suspects are facing multiple charges after leading police on a short vehicle pursuit through downtown Danville, then into a nearby creek.
Police say the incident began at 10:26 pm when they were dispatched to a report of individuals shoplifting inside Lucky Supermarket on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.
Four suspects reportedly ran out of the store and into a van, pushing an individual as they fled.
According to Danville Police Spokesperson Geoff Gillette, an officer located the van and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on El Cerro Boulevard near I-680.
The van refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued until officers cornered the van at the end of Rose Street, where the suspects exited the van and fled on foot.
Officers apprehended three of the four suspects without incident, Gillette said. The fourth individual fell several feet into a nearby creek while attempting to evade officers.
Police and firefighters located and rescued the fourth individual, who sustained minor injuries. He was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment, Gillette said.
Police have identified the suspects as 19-year-old Bay Point residents Brallan Vasquez, Patrick Alba-Crocker, Santos Zarate and Jonathan Razon.
Gillette says all four are being charged with burglary, battery, conspiracy and resisting arrest.
Vasquez, Alba-Crocker and Zarate were all transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. Razon was treated and released from John Muir Medical Center.
At the scene, officers were observed recovering multiple bags full of liquor from the suspect vehicle.