WINDSOR – SONOMA COUNTY – A cargo truck doesn’t make the best getaway car, as 37-year-old Ryan Lester Hughes found out when he tried to burglarize a commercial building last night, Thursday the 16th.
A call came in at 10 pm from a security company monitoring a closed commercial business on Lystra Court. According to the Sonoma Sheriff’s Office, their deputies, along with Windsor Police responded to the report of a video alarm, in which the security office observed a man inside the building. As deputies arrived at the location, they saw a cargo truck on the way out. They tried to stop the truck, but the driver went on. Deputies pursued, but the chase didn’t last long.
Just a couple of blocks from the business area and into a residential neighborhood, the truck ran into a stop sign, at Airport Blvd.and Fraught Road. The deputies saw the driver leave the truck and run into the apartments nearby. They established a perimeter to prevent his escape, and located the man hiding in the apartment grounds. They told him to give up peacefully, but he would have none of that. He resisted every effort they made to take him into custody, fighting with two of them, and at one point reaching into the waistband of his pants. They soon overcame him, and found a loaded handgun that he had tried to pull on the officers.
The two deputies involved in the fight, along with Hughes himself, suffered injuries in the altercation and were all treated at local hospitals. All were released from treatment, and Hughes was booked at the Sonoma County Jail on charges of Battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying and concealing a loaded firearm, evading, burglary, vehicle theft, and possession of burglary tools. He also had an outstanding felony warrant. His bail has been set at $330,000.