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Auto Theft Suspect Rams Cerritos Sheriff's Patrol Car

The deputy was not injured in the crash.

A man who allegedly stole a van from a Cerritos parking lot Tuesday, sped past a deputy and struck his patrol car before fleeing from the area. 

The incident began when a member of the Cerritos Sheriff's Station's Residential Burglary Team spotted a man in a van driving on the wrong side of the road near 183rd Street and Carmenita Boulevard about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Cerritos Sheriff's Det. Aaron King. 

As the motorist entered the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway, the deputy attempted to catch up to the van to initiate a traffic stop. The motorist then exited the freeway at Artesia Boulevard and drove into a neighborhood, King said. 

The deputy located the van at the end of a cul-de-sac and attempted to contact the driver, who suddenly accelerated past the deputy and struck the front of his patrol car, the detective said. The deputy was not injured in the collision. 

"A search of the area was conducted, but the suspect was not located," King said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the white van had just been stolen from the parking lot of the Infinity Insurance building located on the southwest corner of 18rd and Carmenita. The abandoned vehicle was ultimately found in a residential area nearby. 

Deputies were still trying to locate the suspect as of late Tuesday.

Bobby Joe March 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM
It is really pathetic how the Cerritos Sheriffs Station is unable to find the "suspect" after lengthy containment searches. What is this? The fourth time? I appreciate the effort by the Residential Burglary Team, but its cute how the robbers are able to escape these containment searches, especially when a school is on lockdown and a helicopter is involved. And CHS Parent, you have no right to be posting on this forum, as you live in Artesia my good fellow. Yes, you can post here, but don't involved yourself with the matters concerning the citizens of Cerritos, child. I, Bobby Joe, am officially back.
CHS Parent March 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Wow Bobby Joe didn't know I needed your permission to post on here. I personally think that the Cerritos Sheriffs Station does an awesome job.
Bobby Joe March 27, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Too bad your opinion doesn't matter.
D March 28, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I think CHS Parent can post here even if he lived in London...
CHS Parent March 28, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Either does yours hahaha.
CHS Parent March 28, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Thank you D.
bobby joe March 29, 2013 at 06:32 AM
You mean "neither"? This is why you live in Artesia and not Cerritos.... and this is why your son is going to to attend Cal State Long Beach at best.... Have you heard or learned of the culture of poverty thesis from sociology? educate yourself child. you are only prolonging your cycle.
whs alum March 30, 2013 at 01:34 AM
What's wrong with Cal State Long Beach and the CSU system?

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