VISALIA, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A man is in custody after casing several cars and church on Friday morning, Visalia Police Department says.
Officers in an unmarked vehicle observed two males casing the Grace Community Church at Lovers Lane and Millcreek.
Officers turned around to check on the location when they were contacted by a witness.
The witness reported that the same subjects were casing vehicles in the 500 blk. of N. Velie and jumped the fence into an adjacent parking lot.
Officers checked that location and found a vehicle occupied by one of the suspects.
He was identified as 34-year-old, Kenneth Ray Johnson.
As the officer was providing the plate number to dispatch, Johnson started the vehicle and reversed out of the parking spot towards the officer.
The officer says the suspect collided with the patrol vehicle and had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.
The suspect led authorities on a chase where he later abandoned the car near Lovers Lane and St. Johns and attempted to flee on a bicycle, say authorities.
Officers say the suspect’s vehicle was stolen. Burglary tools and narcotics were found inside.
Johnson was booked on multiple charges including a parole violation.