Alameda County

Police, Deputies in Hayward Detain Suspect in ‘Multiple Crimes'

After a chase and extensive search requiring multiple law enforcement agencies in Hayward, a residential burglary suspect was taken into custody Wednesday, police said.

The chase that started about 1 p.m. in Fremont involved the suspect ramming an unmarked Fremont police vehicle, after which the suspect followed Mission Boulevard into Hayward, police said.

The pursuit was picked up by Hayward officers and Alameda County deputies in the area of Hansen Road and Fairview Avenue. Officers tracked the 20-year-old man near East Avenue Elementary School, where he abandoned his car and fled on foot, according to Hayward police.

The swarm of patrol cars and police helicopters had some neighbors on edge.

After hearing the sirens, Matt Christiansen looked outside the window of his home on Sulphur Drive. He said he saw a man trying to outrun police and then ditch his car in the middle of the street.

"I thought for sure he was coming right through the house," Christiansen said.

Witnesses said there are two dead ends in that area, and the suspect likely got boxed in.

"I think he got stuck down in the creek because the cops started circling around from the cemetery," said neighbor Debra Sue Stevens.

About 3:30 p.m., authorities took the man into custody near the creek just up the street from Christiansen's house.

"I'm just glad it's over," Christiansen said.

In addition to being investigated for residential burglary, the suspect now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon on at least one citizen, felony evasion and other charges, Fremont police said.

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