Ronnie Flenaugh's mistake? Going out to eat. That, and gang violence.
The 20-year old was wanted by Oakland police in connection to a string of gang-related shootings, according to the San Francisco Chronicle
. He was on Officer Ernesto Leyva, Jr.'s mind -- and on Thursday night at about 10 p.m., he walked into Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, where Leyva was having dinner.
Leyva excused himself and contacted his colleagues, who arrived to arrest Flenaugh as he was having dinner with 11 other people.
Officers arrested Flenaugh on a no bail warrant issued after he failed to appear in court on a weapons charge.
Some of Flenaugh's group also tried to excuse themselves without paying after their friend was arrested, but luckily, there were plenty of cops on hand. "We made them go back in and pay," said an Oakland police spokesman. "This guy was easily our number one fugitive in Oakland."
Oakland police had to go to two several cities, east and west, to get him: about an hour before he was arrested in San Francisco, Oakland cops raided a home in Las Vegas looking for him, police said.
“One of Oakland’s most dangerous criminals has been taken off our streets because of one of our officers, who was off duty, but still aware of his surroundings, used sound tactics to reduce injury to everyone,” Chief Howard Jordan said.
The Oakland police release announcing the arrest also put out a thank you to their counterparts in San Francisco:
The Oakland Police Department would like to thank the San Francisco PoliceDepartment for their assistance in the arrest of Flenaugh. Over the past several months other law enforcement agencies have assisted OPD and we would like to thank you for your continued support and partnership. We also would like to thank the patrons and the professional staff of the restaurant for their patience and support.
Published at 4:33 PM PST on Nov 16, 2012
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