The Murrieta Police Department responded to a report from an alarm company of an activation at about 2:12 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at RCP Block and Brick located at 25725 Jefferson Ave. in Murrieta.
A responding officer arrived at the business one minute later and a pursuit of possible suspects in a white Chevrolet Suburban ensued.
The Suburban was chased for several minutes into Temecula where it ultimately crashed into the metal gates at the entrance to the Solana Ridge Apartments at 41754 Margarita Road near Overland Drive.
Several occupants – the exact number is not known — fled the vehicle on foot.
Officers approached the vehicle and discovered a woman in the back seat.
Paramedics with the Riverside County Fire Department as well as an AMR ambulance responded to the scene to evaluate and treat the woman.
The woman was not transported to a hospital; however, she was taken into custody and taken from the scene in a police car.
Several officers with the Murrieta Police Department, Temecula Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department set up a perimeter and began searching the apartment complex as well as a nearby neighborhood.
At least one police K-9 aided in the search.
While the search was taking place, another officer with the Murrieta Police Department responded back to the RCP Block and Brick location and discovered a smashed window as well as several pieces of evidence of a burglary.
The officer advised over the radio that the suspects managed to remove a large safe from the business, which was left in the parking lot in front of the broken window.
Additionally, a large metal chain, a pair of bolt cutters and a metal cable could be seen lying in the roadway near the entrance to the business.
A representative of the business was also at the scene speaking with the officer.
It is not known at this time if the suspects have been located.
This is a developing story. Stay with SWRNN as we work to learn additional details.
Joe Fanaselle is a local photojournalist and regular contributor to SWRNN.