Hercules Police also assist; both have history of arrests
By Fairfield Police Department
On August 26, Officer Spencer encountered a red Hyundai bearing plates belonging to a Jeep and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield, and a pursuit was initiated.
As the car sped down westbound I-80 near the American Canyon exit, a passenger discarded a firearm from the window. When the discarded gun struck the roadway, it discharged a round and either the round, or the gun itself, struck the windshield of another pursuing officer.
The vehicle eventually exited I-80 and entered the city of Hercules, where it pulled into a shopping center. The passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Two of Fairfield’s officers remained with the driver, identified as 40-year-old Jesus Escamilla of Oakland, and took him into custody.
Hercules PD and San Pablo PD arrived on-scene to assist. Those agencies handled the perimeter and began searching for the passenger. A K9 from San Pablo PD located the man, 35-year-old Oscar Garcia of Oakland, hiding in a tree. He was taken into custody without incident.
The vehicle in which the two men fled had been reported stolen out of Oakland, and 2 oz of suspected drugs were found inside. Both Escamilla and Garcia were booked into County Jail.
Our thanks to Hercules Police Department and San Pablo Police Department (including K-9 Riggs) for helping bring this incident to a safe conclusion.
San Pablo Police shared the following about the incident:
Fairfield PD requested the assistance from our very own K-9 Riggs and Ofc. Kitchen. Fairfield PD had a suspect run from them, and they ended up in Hercules. They requested our K-9 to help them find the suspect as he ran from them. Once, Ofc. Kitchen and K-9 Riggs arrived on scene K-9 Riggs located the suspect hiding in a nearby tree. The suspect heard that K-9 Riggs was on scene, he decided to climb down the tree, and surrender peacefully. Great Job Ofc. Kitchen and K-9 Riggs. K-9 Riggs definitely deserves a puppuccino.
According to localcrimenews.com Escamilla has a history of arrests dating back to 2019 by multiple agencies including San Leandro PD, San Pablo PD, Piedmont PD and Alameda County Sheriff’s Department for crimes including drug and gun possession, grand theft, possession of burglar’s tools, vehicle theft and multiple cases of prowling.
According to localcrimenews.com Garcia also has a history of arrests dating back to 2014 by multiple agencies Oakland PD, Fremont PD, Berkely PD, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and Castro Valley CHP for crimes including DUI, inflicting corporal punishment on a spouse or co-inhabitant, possession of burglar’s tools, drug possession, receiving stolen property and multiple vehicle thefts as recently as earlier this month.
Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.