Suspect in Custody After Chase Through Menifee Neighborhood

Police today captured a man hiding in the garage of a house in Menifee after a search of the neighb...


Police today captured a man hiding in the garage of a house in Menifee after a search of the neighborhood that lasted three hours and included more than 15 police units and two K-9 units.

About 10:10 a.m., police removed the suspect from a home in the 28700 block of Avenida Pacifica, just east of Marne Way, after a police dog tracked down the man and attacked him as officers approached, according to Sgt. Dave Douglas of the Menifee Police Department. The man was treated on scene for bites on his arm and shoulder and was taken into custody.

According to Douglas, the man will be charged with three felonies: Burglary, auto theft and felony evading.

Residents cheered police and the K-9 unit as officers left the area with the suspect in the back of a police cruiser. Nearby Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure, was re-opened about 10:30, said Betti Cadmus, spokesperson for the Menifee Union School District.

Students were never in danger, Cadmus said.

Douglas said the incident began early this morning when Murrieta Police received the report of a stolen vehicle through the car's OnStar auto security system. The car was tracked to Domenigoni Parkway near Winchester Road, where Douglas was in on the apprehension of a suspect there.

That suspect indicated there was another suspect driving in the area in a white Ford F-150 truck. Officers spotted that vehicle nearby on Domenigoni Parkway and a chase began west toward Menifee.

"An officer in the area spotted the truck," Douglas said. "The guy panicked and took off. We began a pursuit at that time."