Archive for April, 2009

Parolee, With Gun/Children in Car, Leads Law Enforcement on Chase

Posted on April 9, 2009. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

Wanted felon turns himself in after I-80 standoff

By Chelsea Phua
Sacramento Bee
Published April 9, 2009
A twice-convicted felon who led police on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada ended a six-hours-plus standoff near Soda Springs by turning himself in Wednesday night.

Kenny Waters of Waters Bail Bonds identified the driver as Andrew Jason Rosas of Sacramento, who was out on $70,000 bail on drug charges. Rosas, who held his wife and three children hostage, released them at about 8:30 p.m.

According to Waters, before surrendering shortly before 10:30 p.m., Rosas smoked a cigarette, then stepped out of the car, telling police he “was going to turn himself in like a man.”

Police said Rosas was armed with a shotgun. Court records showed he had been scheduled for trial April 15.

The children are ages 14, 9 and 11 months, said Stan Perez, CHP Valley Division chief. Waters said the older children are Rosas’ stepsons.

“Tonight, four human beings, their lives were saved because officers stood in harm’s way,” Perez said.

After the chase, a CHP lieutenant spent about two hours on the phone with Rosas, who remained in the car. Perez said that helped to gain Rosas’ trust and persuade him not to harm his hostages.

The chase started about 2:20 p.m. in Sacramento County at Folsom Boulevard and Manlove Road, when sheriff’s deputies tried to stop Rosas. Sheriff’s Sgt. R.L. Davis said the driver’s bail was revoked Wednesday by the District Attorney’s Office.

Waters said he learned that Rosas was planning to flee Wednesday and requested help from sheriff’s officials, who tracked Rosas down.

Rosas had stopped briefly at a restaurant to talk to someone when he realized that authorities found him. He immediately jumped into the car and fled with his wife and children inside, Waters said.

Deputies pursued the driver onto Highway 50, then Interstate 80 into Placer County, where CHP officers took over the chase, Davis said.

The pursuit ended after less than two hours when CHP officers used a spike strip to deflate the Toyota sedan’s tires west of Soda Springs.

During the standoff, Interstate 80 was shut down in both directions between Truckee and Baxter, CHP officials report.

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Many prison inmates will be released because of overcrowding

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: California State Budget, Crime, Parole |

 By ROD JONES

In previous articles I wrote for the Herald News, I focused on preventing burglaries and stolen vehicles. The reason for my focus on these two areas is that it involves a series of issues regarding the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) – more specifically, the crisis of the overcrowding of our state prison system.

Recently, the 9th Circuit Federal District Court decided a case involving the state prison system which has become known as “Prison Release Litigation.” In that case, it was determined that the state prison system was overpopulated by between 37,000 to 58,000 inmates. While they are still deciding how this issue will be resolved, many experts predict the state will have approximately two years to achieve an acceptable inmate population level.

Undeniably there will be a significant release of inmates from the prison system in the not too distant future. Those released from prison will be the prisoners who have committed property crimes and that are classified as non-violent and/or non-sexual offenders. These offenders are the ones who commit burglaries and car thefts, among other types of crimes. In the adoption of the recent state budget, CDCR’s budget was cut by $400 million, and this will lead them to a significant budget crisis.

Since CDCR is responsible for the parole system, it is now proposed that prisoners released from prison for property related crimes will be without monitoring terms or supervision by a parole officer. Search terms, one of the most common monitoring terms, allowing for unplanned/unannounced searches and drug testing of the offender, will be eliminated. With unsupervised parole and no monitoring terms, prisoners are simply being released back into our neighborhoods, free to repeat behaviors that sent them to prison in the first place.

This non-supervised release is strongly opposed by EVERY police chief, sheriff, and district attorney of San Bernardino County. While law enforcement leaders of the Inland Empire communities appreciate the position the state has been placed in due to the economy, collectively we remain committed to taking steps to ensure our citizen safety. We have loudly and clearly asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to place monitoring terms on inmates released from prison so that law enforcement officers across the Inland Empire may continue to use these enforcement tools to ensure recently released inmates are complying with the laws of our society.

The end result of all of this: There will be fewer people going to prison for property offenses and many inmates being released, unsupervised and free to walk our streets.

Be aware, take the time and necessary preventative steps to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Let’s come together as a community so that we will all be better equipped to address the many challenges before us.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I also encourage you to take advantage of the Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch and other crime prevention programs.

(Rod Jones is chief of the Fontana Police Department.)

Copyright © 2009 Fontana Herald News

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