Three burglary suspects were arrested late Thursday after a 90-mph chase away from the crime scene at a Merced apartment complex.
Cody Ray Parson, 21, Christopher Figueroa Jr., 18, and Ivan Dennis Lara, 18, were charged with residential burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. Parson is from Ceres, the other two suspects from Turlock.
Merced police, sheriff’s and CHP officers pulled over their 2002 black Chevrolet Suburban in the 3700 block of East Yosemite Avenue before midnight on Thanksgiving.
Police Officer Brian Bowen went to the Groves Apartments, in the 300 block of South Parsons Avenue, to investigate a residential burglary in progress, according to Lieut. Bimley West. Other officers also responded as backup.
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The suspects appear to have fled from one of the apartments as the resident was returning home. The resident jumped in his vehicle and chased them, calling the police dispatcher on his cell phone to give the location of his pursuit.
The three law enforcement agencies quickly flooded the area with cars. Merced County Sheriff Sgt. James Buttrey spotted the suspects in their vehicle on East Yosemite Avenue. Parson eventually stopped the Suburban, and the three suspects were held at the scene.
The burglary victim identified the suspects at the traffic stop, West said in a news release.
All three were arrested and taken to the police department for interviews. They were later booked at the Merced County Jail on charges of residential burglary and conspiracy to commit the burglary.
The victim recovered his property allegedly stolen by the suspects.