El Centro man who assaulted female captured after vehicle chase
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.