Fremont Suspect Arrested in LA - NBC Bay Area

Fremont Suspect Arrested in LA



    Fremont Suspect Arrested in LA
    Fremont Police
    Alexander Diaz is suspect of running down a motorcycle cop

    Fremont police have made an arrest in a violent assault of one of their officers.

    Investigators flew to Los Angeles Tuesday and arrested Alexander Diaz early Wednesday morning.  Diaz is the man suspected of running down a motorcycle cop Monday afternoon in a stolen van.

    Witnesses say he aimed for Officer Patrick Brower and then dragged the officer before crashing the stolen van he was driving into a light poll. 

    As Brower lay injured and trapped under the van, witnesses said Diaz ran away from the scene.

    Diaz is a parolee out of Southern California, and following tips police discovered that he had traveled there. A taxi driver called to say that he had dropped someone who fit Diaz's description at a bus terminal. 

    They made the arrest in Los Angeles at 5 a.m. Wednesday after they set up a surveillance at a home there.  Fremont police say Diaz should be extradited to Alameda County where he will face serious charges including attempted murder of a police officer.

    Brower, 43, is a ten year veteran of the police force.  He is married with three sons.  He underwent extensive reconstructive surgery to his leg and foot. Surgeons inserted a rod into his leg to stabilize his bones.  Brower is expected to be released from the hospital later this week and should make a full recovery.