An alleged attempt to steal items from the Marriott Hotel garage at 2355 N. Main Street Tuesday turned into a hair-raising foot chase onto Interstate 680 after two suspects pulled a gun on a hotel employee and also allegedly brandished a weapon at pursuing officers.
Details of the incident were related in a release prepared by Lt. Jay Hill, which said things kicked off when two men were surprised by the hotel employee at 11:42 a.m.
Officers were notified that two white males pulled handguns on the employee when confronted, then fled on foot onto the nearby freeway.
Officers spotted the suspects on the freeway, one with gun in hand, according to Hill’s account, and they jumped a sound wall near the intersection of Riviera Avenue and Pringle Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing the suspects running into the garage of 100 Pringle Avenue.
Police said a perimeter was established around the building and within minutes both suspects were seen fleeing the area. Both were apprehended without further incident and their guns recovered at the scene, according to police.
Hill identified the suspects as Edward Garofalo, 28, of Martinez and Luis Guerrero, 35, of Fairfield. Both men were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in a public place and conspiracy. Garafalo faces additional charges of brandishing a firearm in the presence of a police officer and possession of stolen property. Guerrero was also wanted on a warrant for violating the terms of his PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision), according to police.