Armed suspect escapes in downtown San Diego – California News

Armed suspect escapes in downtown San Diego – California News

A man who pulled a gun on another man and later crashed a stolen vehicle into the victim’s car evaded arrest in downtown San Diego Monday, police said.

Officers swarmed the suspect’s apartment building on Fourth Avenue near Ash Street — the spot where he was last seen — but he was not inside when they entered his apartment.

The victim told police the suspect pointed a gun at him in the parking lot of the apartment building. Police Lt. Steve Behrendt said the two men know each other.

The victim then got into his car and left, but the suspect drove after him and chased him around downtown San Diego, Behrendt said.

The suspect rammed the vehicle he was driving into the victim’s car near Laurel Street and First Avenue. The suspect did not stop, and the victim called 911 about 4:15 p.m.

Witnesses told police they saw the suspect ditch the car he was in on Third Avenue near Grape Street. Officers found the vehicle and discovered it had been stolen, police said.

Officers went to the suspect’s apartment building, set up a perimeter and called in SWAT officers. Police called out the suspect for nearly three hours.

Rod Spencer, who lives in the apartment building, said he was about to cook when officers knocked on his door and asked him and other fourth-floor residents to evacuate.

About 7 p.m., police determined the suspect was not inside his apartment.

Bahrendt said the suspect had been identified. His name was not released.

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