Search For Felony Suspect Prompts Lockdown at Two Alamo Schools

ALAMO – A suspect wanted for felony vehicle theft was taken into custody by Danville Police after a lengthy pursuit Tuesday afternoon.

According to Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins, officers were attempting to serve a felony no-bail warrant on a suspect wanted for auto theft just after 2:00 pm the 200 block of Ashley Circle in Danville.

As officers were attempting to serve the warrant, the wanted individual, identified as 39-year-old Jesus Hernandez of Danville, arrived at the residence and attempted to flee the scene, Simpkins said.

Officers then pursued the suspect in his vehicle through downtown Danville and surrounding surface streets. At one point, Hernandez attempted to evade officers by traveling southbound in northbound lanes of I-680 and later used the center median of I-680 at nearly 85 MPH, according to a separate source.

Simpkins said the vehicle pursuit ended when Hernandez abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot in the 200 block of Stone Valley Way in Alamo.

Danville Officers, with the help of Contra Costa Sheriff’s Deputies, two aircraft, and the Danville K9 unit, eventually located the suspect in a nearby creek.

The suspect sustained minor injuries during the apprehension and was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment. He was later booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Police say Stone Valley Middle School and Dorris Eaton School were placed in a “precautionary modified lockdown” during the incident.

Hernandez faces charges related to the original auto theft warrant with additional charges of felony evading, felony evading of a police officer by driving in the opposite direction in traffic, resisting arrest, possession of dangerous drugs and probation violation.

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