Reporting Nick Janes
DAVIS (CBS13) – A man suspected of a carjacking at a Davis Taco Bell was taken into custody Monday afternoon in a cornfield after a multi-agency search that spanned several hours.
Davis police confirmed the man matching the description was taken into custody in a Yolo County cornfield. He was apprehended by a K-9 after refusing to turn himself in.
The dusty, shirtless carjacking suspect is a long way from home. Investigators revealed he’s from out of state, recently staying at the Motel 6 with a woman who is also now in custody.
Cops say she has outstanding warrants from Arkansas on fraud and identity theft.
The incident began about 1:30 p.m. when Davis police noticed a suspected stolen Honda Pilot parked at the Motel 6 on Chiles Road and Mace Boulevard. As the officer was running the license plate, the suspect reportedly ran from the hotel toward the nearby Taco Bell.
“That certain motel attracts a lot of homeless and people so it’s not the first time they’ve had robberies and stuff,” said Jeanette Urquiza, who witnessed the initial encounter at the motel.
The suspect, whose name wasn’t available, then carjacked a woman in the Taco Bell drive-through as she waited for her food. He led police on a chase before abandoning the vehicle on a levee road near the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and taking off on foot into fields near County Roads 106 and 36.
“The officer pursued the suspect southbound along the levee ultimately losing the suspect due to the conditions of the roadway,” Davis Police Lt. Glen Glasgow
Davis police and Yolo and Solano County sheriff’s deputies searched the ground for the suspect and a Department of Fish and Game airplane and CHP helicopter were also deployed.
The CHP helicopter spotted him and an officer made the command for him to surrender. When he didn’t, a police dog was sent in. The suspect was treated for the dog bites and then booked into the Yolo County Jail.
The victim at the Taco Bell was not injured.