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.
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.
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."
A witness who lives in the area said she heard officers shouting at the suspect to surrender, but she saw him hop over a backyard fence. She said he ran through a yard, onto Marne Way, down Loire Valley and into another yard, heading in the direction of Avenica Pacifica.
"I was out for my morning walk and I heard sirens and a car banging against something," the witness said. "The cops were yelling at a man and I saw him jumping over a neighbor's gate and onto Marne Way. Then he took off down Loire Valley."
Officers from several area police departments took part in the door-to-door search, including police from Menifee, Perris, Canyon Lake, Moreno Valley and Murrieta. Officers used a police dog and a bloodhound in the search.
The search covered several blocks, with a police helicopter circling overhead. Officers focused on the south side of the 28700 block of Avenida Pacifica. Moments later, the suspect was removed from the garage of a residence by several officers, including the K-9 unit.
The extent of the man's injuries are not known. Police have not released the identity of the man apprehended in Menifee or the suspect taken into custody on Domenigoni Parkway.