El Cen­tro man who as­saulted fe­male cap­tured af­ter ve­hi­cle chase

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY VIN­CENT OSUNA Staff Writer

EL CEN­TRO — Af­ter a lengthy ve­hi­cle pur­suit from here to Calex­ico on Mon­day morn­ing, po­lice fi­nally cap­tured and ar­rested 37-year-old El Cen­tro tran­sient Je­sus An­to­nio Romero, who was be­lieved to have as­saulted a fe­male af­ter break­ing into a res­i­dence.

At 5:42 a.m. Mon­day, El Cen­tro po­lice of­fi­cers re­sponded to a 911 call in the 1400 block of Val­leyview Av­enue re­gard­ing a male sub­ject, later iden­ti­fied as Romero, who was pos­si­bly armed with a hand­gun and at­tempt­ing to gain en­try into a res­i­dence.

While of­fi­cers re­sponded to the call, the re­port­ing party stated Romero had forced en­try into the res­i­dence and was as­sault­ing a fe­male.

The fe­male was able to break free and ran out of the res­i­dence to of­fi­cers who ar­rived on scene. Romero ran out of the res­i­dence af­ter the fe­male, but turned and went back to the house af­ter see­ing po­lice, ECPD Cmdr. Robert Sawyer said.

Of­fi­cers spoke with Romero in an ef­fort to have him sur­ren­der. Romero, who was par­tially hid­den be­hind a wall, be­gan reach­ing to­wards his waist­band and ask­ing of­fi­cers to shoot him be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing back into the res­i­dence.

A few mo­ments later, Romero was heard start­ing a ve­hi­cle in the garage. Romero then backed the ve­hi­cle out of the garage through the closed garage door, Sawyer said.

Of­fi­cers pur­sued Romero for ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes as he at­tempted to elude cap­ture. At one point in the pur­suit, the stolen ve­hi­cle Romero was driv­ing struck a bridge.

Romero even­tu­ally stopped the ve­hi­cle at the Moun­tain View Ceme­tery and sur­ren­dered.

“I am ex­tremely proud of the re­straint our of­fi­cers showed in this sit­u­a­tion and their abil­ity to pre­vent fur­ther in­jury to the vic­tim and safe­guard our com­mu­nity,” Sawyer said.

Romero was taken into cus­tody at 6:12 a.m. Mon­day at the ceme­tery, 895 Sca­roni Road, in Calex­ico, and booked into county jail on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der; in­flict­ing cor­po­ral in­jury on a spouse or co­hab­i­tant; crim­i­nal threats; bur­glary; van­dal­ism over $400; dam­ag­ing phone, elec­tri­cal or util­i­ties lines; felony reck­less evad­ing; stolen auto, and kid­nap­ping, ac­cord­ing to county Sher­iff’s Of­fice ar­rest records.

Romero was held on a $500,000 bond.

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