A Lafayette homeowner arrived at her Los Palos Manor home Tuesday just in time to see a man she had never seen before running out of the residence and jump into a waiting car.
Police converged on the area and quickly pinpointed a black ’97 Audi fleeing the area at speed, a pair of Moraga police officers picking up the car as it passed them at Bollinger Canyon, chasing it along St. Mary’s Road and into Canyon before the vehicle crashed into a stone wall outside the Canyon Post Office at speeds estimated at between 60 and 70mph. Officers from Lafayette, Orinda, the sheriff’s office and California Highway Patrol were also involved in the chase and resultant search.
Moraga Police Chief Jon King said two men in the car at the time were both taken into custody. On Wednesday, Lafayette Police Chief Ben Alldritt identified the pair as Adam Johnson, 27, and Alfonzo Turner, Jr., 26, both of Oakland.
Alldritt said officers arrested Johnson for evading police officers, residential burglary, possession of stolen property, and probation violation and Turner for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, and probation violation. Johnson is currently in the hospital being treated for injuries as a result of the collision and is being held on a bail of $575,000, Alldritt said. Turner has been booked at the Martinez Detention Facility and is being held on a bail of $275,000.
No one else was injured and no other car involved in the ensuing chase.
One Wednesday, Alldritt praised the homeowner for her quick thinking and accurate description of the car and suspect.
“We are pleased with the teamwork demonstrated by our citizens and surrounding law enforcement agencies,” he said.
Anyone with additional information can contact Lafayette Police Detective Sergeant Rossberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.