An armed suspect who led Riverside County sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Moreno Valley, culminating in gunfire, remained at large today.
As of this afternoon, investigators were still seeking information on the whereabouts of the unidentified man.
His alleged partner, 20-year-old Manuel Lomeli of Moreno Valley, was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm and felony evading.
According to sheriff’s officials, around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies attempted to stop a black Hyundai sedan on Sunnymead Boulevard after the driver plowed through a stop sign.
The motorist, whose erratic driving indicated he may have been drunk, allegedly ignored a patrol unit’s lights and siren and went onto the eastbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, exiting moments later at Moreno Beach Drive and heading north, sheriff’s Cpl. Angel Ramos said.
He said the suspect lost control of the vehicle in the 29000 block of Locust Avenue, crashing into a fence.
Both occupants fled on foot. The front-seat passenger, Lomeli, was allegedly spotted reaching into his waistband, prompting a deputy to open fire, Ramos said.
The suspect was not hit and surrendered. A handgun was found nearby, according to Ramos.
The driver managed to elude capture, despite deputies canvassing the area with the assistance of a bloodhound and air unit, Ramos said.
He said a handgun was located in the driver’s seat of the Hyundai.
The outstanding suspect was described as heavyset with a shaved head and facial hair, wearing dark-colored clothing.
Anyone with information was urged to call the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at 951-486-6700.