FAIRFIELD – According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), an examination of a double homicide that occurred in Davis led to a hot pursuit that ended with a man in custody in Fairfield on Monday
A self-proclaimed transient, Ayman Elahi, 37, was booked after a high-speed chase that started in Davis at approximately 10a.m. The pursuit began on Interstate 80 and persisted even after Elahi drove over a spike strip in Vacaville. Elahi was finally forced to come to a stop after his right front tire deflated to its rim. The pursuit ended at the North Texas Street off-ramp in Fairfield, according to CHP Sgt. Jason Hekker.
The chase started after a Davis deputy had tried to reach out to Elahi as part of a follow-up analysis into the fatal stabbing. According to authorities, the tragedy occurred on Sunday in the home of a couple in their mid-70s to late 80s in the 4000 block of Cowell Blvd. Officers initially went to the residence to conduct a welfare check and discovered the victims.
When Elahi was approached by the Davis officer, he hopped into a white 2012 Nissan Sentra and fled. The officer in pursuit of Elahi drove west on I-80 reaching a maximum speed of 70 mph. CHP officers were alerted and overtook the pursuit as Elahi reached Pitt School Road. A CHP helicopter and airplane observed overhead as the chase continued through Vacaville, where local policed layed out a spike strip on the freeway, close to Alamo Drive. Elahi’s vehicle made it over the spike strip, but it managed to severely damage the front right tire which persisted deteriorating until the rubber had deflated down to the rim, causing the car to slow drastically. Elahi surrendered without incident with no weapons and was charged for evading police.
Elahi was turned back over to the Davis police. The Department is still underway investigating the homicides. Investigators from the Yolo county District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County Coroner’s Office, West Sacramento Police Department, California Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are also providing aid in the case. Police said that they will have extra patrol officers available as a preventative measure during the dismaying aftermath of the murders which authorities noted is uncommon in Davis.
A motive has yet to be established. Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact the David Police Department at (530) 747-5400.
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