For Immediate Release
Date: December 12, 2022 12:15 PM
Suspect Wanted for Felony Assault on an Officer
San Rafael, CA – The San Rafael Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying two suspects wanted in connection with stealing a car and assaulting an officer with the stolen vehicle when officers tried to stop the suspect. The suspect driver is described as a 25 to 40-year-old black male adult, 6 feet tall, with shoulder-length dreadlocks, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans. The passenger is described as a black female, with no additional description available at this time.
On 12/08/22, at 4:45 PM, SRPD received a call about a car stolen from the Mercedes dealership on Francisco Boulevard West. Witnesses observed the described male suspect walk into the service garage and steal a customer’s vehicle.
The vehicle was described as a 2021 black Mercedes GLS450 SUV. Officers worked with the vehicle's owner in an attempt to locate it using a GPS application. However, at the time of the incident, the application was not working.
At 10:15 PM, the owner of the stolen Mercedes called and reported that the GPS application was working and that the vehicle was traveling in the Canal Neighborhood of San Rafael. Officers followed the tracking position of the vehicle and observed it enter into the San Rafael Yacht Harbor on Francisco Boulevard East.
An officer in the area entered the parking lot of the yacht harbor, immediately located the vehicle, and drove in behind it to make a car stop. The officer exited and stood behind the driver's door of the police car to give the suspect commands. While the officer was giving commands, the vehicle suddenly accelerated in reverse toward the officer and collided with the driver’s door of the police car, pinning, and injuring the officer.
Additional officers arrived on the scene, and the stolen vehicle attempted to flee but was blocked. The officer who had been pinned between the police car and the driver's door fell to the ground from being injured.
The suspect rammed another police car blocking his path. The suspect then turned the stolen vehicle around and drove toward the back of the parking lot. After coming to a dead-end, the vehicle turned around again and came back toward officers and police cars at a high rate of speed.
The suspect was driving back toward the injured officer, who was limping and trying to get out of the way. Two officers ran to the aid of the injured officer and placed themselves between the advancing suspect vehicle and the injured officer with their firearms pointed toward the suspect.
Both officers, fearing that the suspect was going to run over the injured officer during his attempt to escape, gave orders for the suspect to stop. The suspect suddenly stopped the vehicle.
Seconds later, the suspect placed the vehicle in reverse and drove back toward the back of the parking lot. Officer saw a female passenger in the stolen vehicle at this time.
Officers ran to the back of the parking lot and located witnesses who reported that the suspect fled from the vehicle toward a boat dock. Another witness reported that the suspect may have jumped into the water and swam away. Both the male and female suspects were not found in the stolen vehicle.
Officers established a perimeter, and a call was made for additional law enforcement resources. Deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist. After an extensive search of the area, officers did not locate the suspect.
SRPD Detectives took the stolen vehicle and processed it for evidence to develop leads to determine the suspects’ identity. SRPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this case. The suspect is described as a 25 to 40-year-old black male adult, 6 feet tall, with shoulder-length dreadlocks, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, and would have been seen driving the stolen 2021 black Mercedes GLS450 sports utility vehicle. The female passenger seen in the vehicle is also wanted.
Both suspects face charges of felony assault on an officer, felony assault with a deadly weapon, evading the police, and for stealing the vehicle.
The injured officer was taken to a local hospital and was released a short time later with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.
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Posted: December 12, 2022 12:16 PST by Sergeant Justin Graham
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