Pursuit through Two Counties – K-9 and Officer Assaulted by Stolen-Car Driver
AZUSA – A man driving a reported stolen vehicle on Christmas Eve refused to pull over when Azusa
Police Department (APD) Officers attempted a traffic stop on 809 N. Azusa Ave., at approximately 1220
hours. To make matters worse – Sergeant Brandon Bailey added, “The lone male occupant failed to yield
to Officers and swerved toward Officers while fleeing, in an attempt to assault them.”
As a result, a chase ensued throughout Los Angeles County, with APD Officers in hot pursuit throughout
several neighboring cities, traversing nearly 21 miles into the City of Ontario. The suspect came to a stop
in San Bernardino County, on the 15 Freeway.
Next, “The suspect refused to comply with officers’ demands to exit the stolen vehicle, causing a traffic
hazard for other motorists,” said Sgt. Bailey. A standoff resulted – with a collective assist from California
Highway Patrol Officers, Ontario Police Department Officers, and a K-9.
After what was described as a short standoff, the combined forces were able to take the suspect into
custody. Daniel Philip Cruz (39 years), with a last known address in the City of Azusa, was arrested.
“The suspect will be charged with 2800.2VC (felony evading), 245(4)(c)PC (assault on a peace officer),
and 600(a)PC (willful injury to a peace officer’s animal),” said Sgt. Bailey.
Cruz was transported to a local hospital for treatment for injuries sustained during his arrest, prior to his
Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to give Azusa PD Detectives a call