ANTIOCH -- Police arrested a man and a woman suspected of assaulting two women at a local eatery, stealing their car and crashing it a short distance away, police said.
About 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to Celia's Mexican Restaurant at 523 W. 10th Street following reports that two women had been assaulted in the parking lot by a woman and a man, who then proceeded to steal their car, Sgt. Santiago Castillo said.
According to Castillo, as the suspects were leaving the restaurant in their car, the female suspect got out of the white SUV and started yelling profanities at the victims. The two women were walking through the parking lot and had also been in the restaurant minutes earlier. The female suspect began assaulting one of the women, then the other as the second victim tried to pull the suspect off her friend.
The victims began yelling to the male suspect still sitting in the SUV, who then got out of the car, presumably to break up the fight, they said. The man, later identified as Antioch resident Isidro Gali, 41, reportedly approached the first victim and stuck her in the side with what police believe to be a Taser, Castillo said.
The second victim ran into the restaurant to call for help, and came out to find her friend lying on the ground and Gali driving away in her car, Castillo said. The female suspect got in the SUV and followed Gali out of the parking lot.
As they left the parking lot, Gali headed
About an hour later, a resident reported seeing a vehicle matching the victims' car involved in a crash on Contra Loma Boulevard, Castillo said. Gali was seen by the resident getting into a black SUV, which had an unknown number of other occupants, and leaving the scene.
Pittsburg police soon spotted the black SUV and pursued it for a short distance, Castillo said. The driver lost control, crashing into a street sign and vegetation at the intersection of East Leland and Loveridge roads in Pittsburg.
Police arrested Gali at the scene after he attempted to flee the intersection on foot, Castillo said. He was found with many of the victim's belongings, both on his person and in the SUV, including the woman's purse and many of its contents.
It was not immediately known whether Pittsburg police have arrested the other occupants of the vehicle, Castillo said.
Police officials will review surveillance tapes from the restaurant parking lot as the investigation continues, Castillo said. Police are still searching for the female suspect driving the white SUV, described as a white female between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds with long, curly, dirty blonde hair.
The victims were treated at the scene for the injuries they received in the fight, Castillo said.
According to Sgt. Steve Bias, Gali has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for auto theft, burglary, willful discharge of firearm, and driving under the influence. Gali was booked into the Martinez jail on charges of carjacking and possession of stolen property.
Pittsburg police later confirmed that the female in the assault was arrested by Antioch police. However, the female suspect's name has not been provided and Antioch police have not been reached for comment.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Erin Ivie at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.