Arrest of a Wanted Subject

Release Date/Time: 6/5/2014 2:37 PM

Incident: Arrest of a Wanted Subject

Report #: 14-060250, 14-060258, 14-050517

Date: Thursday, 6/5/2014

Time: 11:09 AM

Location: Towt / Cooper

Officers were dispatched to a hit and run at Towt St and Cooper St. involving an Orange cab. Witnesses reported that the driver had struck a parked car and then fled on foot. Witnesses directed officers to the suspect's location and the officers located the suspect standing next to the open the door of a pick up being driven by an elderly man. The suspect was asking for a ride but the driver of the truck refused. Christian Amezcua (20) was arrested without incident. Amezcua had removed the meter from the cab and was in possession of a set of shaved keys along with the key to the cab. Amezcua was found to be DUI and was also wanted for violation of a restraining order from earlier this week. He was lodged at Monterey County Jail on numerous felony charges. Amezcua is not an employee of Orange Cab and it was later determined that Amezcua had stolen the cab from an apartment on Terrace Ave. The cab had been left unlocked with the keys in the center console. Both the cab and the parked car sustained moderate damages. Arresting officers praised the efforts of the citizens that helped direct them to Amezcua and said he might have escaped capture had it not been for all of the witness cooperation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250