Stockon Police announced the arrest of a man wanted for domestic violence and assault on police officers, and it appears that his brother turned him in.
Crescencio Lua, 33, had been wanted by police since a December 7 incident, when he was suspected of assaulting his wife, and then nearly striking responding police and other bystanders as he rapidly fled in a stolen car.
The six foot, one inch, 300 pound man is a documented gang member residing in north/central Stockton, on East Essex Drive near Oak Park and the Sierra Christian School. He has a history of clashes with law enforcement, dating back to at least 2005, when he was charged with possession and transportation of a controlled substance, along with driving on a suspended license. Records show a 2010 arrest for a parole violation, and in 2013, a charge for resisting arrest and evading police, and one for corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant (domestic violence), and again resisting arrest. He was picked up this year, on August 28 on an outstanding warrant, resisting arrest, and violation of post release supervision provisions.
On Sunday, December 7 at 1:06 pm, Stockton Police officers responded to a call of a disturbance at Lua’s house on East Essex Street. When they arrived, Lua was standing next to an SUV with a woman and another person. The woman had blood on her face, and as the officers approached them, she pointed to Lua saying that he had hit her. As they tried to apprehend him, he fled, jumping into someone’s car, which he started up and drove straight at the group of people, including the officers. All managed to jump out of the way as he fled the scene, with no additional injuries.
The officers pursued him as quickly as they were able, but he managed to elude them. The car he stole to make his escape was later located, but he had abandoned it by then. Police released his description, describing him as armed and dangerous, and wanted for the assaults.
Over 10 days later, on Thursday December 18, the Stockton Police, working with the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, received information that they would be able to find Lua near the Harbor Isle Apartments, on Mariners Drive in north Stockton, near the Hammer Lane exit from the Interstate 5 Freeway. While waiting at the location, a vehicle arrived, with Lua in the back seat. He must have been surprised to see the officers waiting when the car pulled up because he immediately began to assault the driver, who turned out to be Lua’s brother, as he stopped to surrender to the police.
The officers went into immediate action to remove Lua from the car, but as usual, he fought back. A K9 unit was with the group, and the police dog was deployed to help convince Lua to surrender. He was soon taken into custody and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. He was charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, assault on a peace officer, vehicle theft, resisting arrest, vandalism, outstanding warrants, and probation violations. The department did not specify if any bail was set, but it is likely he was held without due to his status as a parolee and the seriousness of the charges.