FREMONT--A police chase Tuesday night prompted a lockdown of a Fremont neighborhood that lasted for more than three hours.
Fremont police officers were investigating a recent residential burglary around 10:30 p.m. when they spotted a woman considered a "person of interest" in a car on Highway 880 near Warren Avenue, according to Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques. The officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver accelerated, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles an hour.
The getaway car exited into Fremont, but continued speeding through red lights and eventually turned onto Gable Drive before stopping, according to Bosques. The suspects then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Mardis Street. The person of interest, Janel Cordova, 33, of Santa Clara, tried to hide on a porch, but was quickly discovered, according to police. The driver continued to run and was last seen fleeing over a fence.
The Fremont Police Department issued a "code red" alert, asking residents to lock their doors and windows and stay inside. Officers then set up a perimeter and began conducting a yard-by-yard search using a police dog.
It took more than an hour, but the second suspect was eventually located after a neighbor called police to tell them about a man hiding in his yard. He was identified as Maxwell Ames, 25, a Fremont resident, and was apprehended with the help of a police dog, suffering several bites.
Police also located a stolen Prius being driven by Ames, along with a loaded gun, holster and badge that had been stolen from an off-duty officer earlier that day along with work-related items stolen from a firefighter.
Ames has been charged with auto burglary, felony evading, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, and resisting arrest. Cordova was booked on charges of resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.
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