Eureka PD: Man with active felony warrant arrested after foot pursuit
Photo: Mario Marcel Garcia / Eureka PD
EUREKA — A man with an active felony warrant was arrested in Eureka after a foot pursuit and brief standoff with Eureka Police.
Police say that, on the evening of December 11, an officer spotted 40-year-old Mario Marcel Garcia and another man behaving suspiciously and possibly involved in drug sales at the library on Third Street.
Recognizing Garcia from prior interactions, the officer requested a records and warrants check, which came back indicating Garcia had an active felony arrest warrant for using a firearm in the commission of a felony and battery of a spouse or cohabitant (among other charges). A second officer responded to the area to assist.
Garcia, however, reportedly struck off on foot once he realized he was being followed. As he ran, one of the officers noticed what appeared to be the handle of a gun sticking out the back of Garcia’s pants.
Officers chased Garcia all the way to the embankment at Second and P Streets, where they say Garcia jumped over the embankment and into the rose bushes below. After repeatedly refusing police commands, Garcia was ultimately subdued by taser and taken into custody.
Officers also recovered a loaded handgun nearby, as well as a magazine in Garcia’s pants pocket that matched the caliber.
After being medically cleared, Garcia was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, felon with a concealed firearm on person, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, and probation violation, as well as the outstanding warrant.