Monterey Police: Arrested man escapes police car, steals it, abandons it, and is arrested again
Photo: Corey Duncan | Monterey Police Department
Two people have been arrested following a contentious encounter with police that reportedly began when they were discovered with an allegedly stolen car, according to a press release by Monterey PD.
On the morning of May 11, officers on Acalde near north Fremont reportedly saw a man and a woman removing items from a vehicle bearing a stolen plate.
A short time later, the woman reportedly led officers on a pursuit in the same vehicle when they tried to make contact. The pursuit was ultimately terminated out of concern for public safety.
Detectives nonetheless remained in the area and eventually spotted the man — later identified as 33-year-old Corey Duncan of Santa Cruz — leaving a nearby motel room. Though he reportedly tried to run when detectives made contact, he was quickly caught and arrested.
As he was being taken to jail, Duncan managed to reposition his hands in front of himself and escape the police vehicle. When officers ran after him, Duncan went back to the vehicle and drove off in it. Officers later found it abandoned along a nearby trail.
Several neighboring police agencies responded to the area to set up a perimeter, which also involved a shelter-in-place order for nearby Monterey High School and Colton Middle School.
Going off a tip, police eventually found Duncan hiding on a rooftop in the area of Harrison and Bowen, and were able to take him into custody after another foot pursuit. He was later booked on suspicion of identity theft, resisting arrest, accessory, escape, possession of a stolen vehicle, and other charges.
The second suspect remains at large.