Arrests in Murrieta linked to AB 109

(Fernando Alonso and Jose Perez Rodriguez, Murrieta Police Department)

Two men were arrested after they shot at Murrieta police and led them on a high speed chase. No officers were injured by the suspects' gunfire, but several were injured while taking one of the suspects into custody.

After chasing the suspects for nearly 10-miles and searching for them for hours, officers were able to arrest 26-year-old Fernando Alonso and 32-year-old Jose Juan Perez Rodriguez.

Both are Menifee residents.

Officers discovered that the truck the men were in was stolen from the city of Temecula, and inside of it were "numerous stolen items" from multiple city of Temecula vehicles.

Rodriguez is a known gang member and was on Post Release Community Supervision when the incident happened. 

Murrieta Police Lieutenant Ron Driscoll told My Valley News:

“Rodriguez is a product of Assembly Bill 109, which is the California State Realignment Act that was signed into law in 2011. AB 109 allows for thousands of less serious felony offenders to remain out of custody on supervision (probation), whereas they would have previously been eligible for state prison.”

Alonso was booked on:

  • Attempted murder of a peace officer
  • Committing a crime while on bail
  • Resisting a peace officer with violence resulting in injury
  • Battery on a peace officer
  • Being a felon in possession of a firearm
  • Several property-theft related crimes  
  • Gang enhancement

He's being held on $1.02 million bail and will be arraigned today. 

Rodriguez was booked on:

  • Suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer
  • Violation of probation

He's being held without bail.

Thank you, Governor Jerry Brown. AB 109 is such a wonderful thing! Now let's see how soon Alonso will be back on the streets terrorizing the streets.

Read more at My Valley News.

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