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Campbell Police Hunting for 2 Suspects Who Allegedly Rammed Into, Stole Marked Patrol Car

Police said the suspect "struggled with an officer" who was subsequently "dragged by the patrol car" as she fled the area.

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    Campbell police are searching for two of three suspects who fled from officers after an incident during which a stolen vehicle struck a police car just before another marked patrol vehicle was stolen. Chuck Coppola reports. (Published Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016)

    Campbell police are searching for two of three suspects who fled from officers after an incident during which a stolen vehicle struck a police car just before another marked patrol vehicle was stolen.

    At 7:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of a possible auto theft on the 700 block of Sharmon Palms Lane, according to police.

    Another caller told police they witnessed suspicious activity, possibly related to the auto theft, in a nearby parking lot at 2875 S. Winchester Blvd.

    When officers arrived on scene, they located a silver Acura MDX and white Acura Integra.

    The white Acura was the same vehicle reported stolen from the Sharmon Palms Lane location, police said.

    The silver Acura then accelerated toward the police patrol car and intentionally rammed the vehicle's front end, causing major damage.

    Meanwhile, the silver Acura caught on fire and Santa Clara County firefighters were called to the scene.

    Two male suspects fled on foot and officers pursued them, according to police.

    A female suspect, who was inside the silver Acura, then exited the vehicle and got into a Campbell police patrol vehicle, which had been left unoccupied by an officer who was pursuing the male suspects.

    The woman, identified as Itse Murillo, closed the vehicle's door as an officer attempted to stop her. In response, she accelerated the patrol car in reverse, causing the officer to be dragged by the vehicle for short distance before being thrown to the ground.

    Murillo, a 26-year-old San Jose resident, fled in the police vehicle and another police car pursued her. Police lost the suspect and the vehicle near Prospect Road and Lawrence Expressway, according to a news release.

    Itse Murillo
    Photo credit: Campbell Police Department

    The officer sustained head injuries and scrapes. He was taken to the hospital and has been treated and released, police said. 

    Police have since been able to catch one of the male suspects who fled on foot. He has been identified as 22-year-old Anthony Reyes from San Jose.

    Anthony Reyes
    Photo credit: Campbell Police Department

    Reyes has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary and conspiracy.

    Officers are still looking for the second male suspect, identified as 35-year-old San Jose man Christian Hernandez.

    The stolen patrol car was located around 10:23 a.m. near Parkmoor and Meridian avenues, police said.

    Police have confirmed the silver Acura that initially struck the patrol car was reported stolen out of San Carlos.

    Officers also said the suspects were involved in multiple burglaries in Los Gatos and Campbell earlier Saturday morning.

    Hernandez is described as a roughly 170. lb Hispanic man, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a receding hairline. Police say he was last seen wearing a dark top and gray sweatpants.

    Christian Hernandez
    Photo credit: Campbell Police Department

    Murillo is described as a Hispanic woman, who is roughly 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eye and multiple facial tattoos.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Campbell Police Department's dispatch center at (408) 866-2101 or their Investigations Unit at (408) 871-5190. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call (408) 947-7867.

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