A 39-year-old Atwater man was arrested Sunday after police said he parked a stolen SUV in a red zone and later tried to run from investigators when he came back for the vehicle, Atwater police reported.
Doroteo Ramirez Hernandez was booked into the Merced County jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, receiving stolen property and driving without a license. He remained in custody Monday on more than $50,000 bail, according to booking records.
Atwater police were called around 11 a.m. Sunday to investigate a suspicious Ford Explorer parked in a “no-parking zone” outside an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Atwater Boulevard, interim Police Chief Samuel Joseph said.
Police said Ramirez Hernandez parked the SUV and went to a home on Olive Avenue. He returned to the vehicle as police were investigating and, when he spotted the officers, tried to run away, police said.
“The officers got him and he admitted to stealing the vehicle,” Joseph said.
Ramirez Hernandez, according to Merced jail records, has been in and out of custody numerous times in recent years on a variety of allegations ranging from multiple drug-possession charges and numerous theft-related charges to resisting arrest and assault.