A 30-year-old man is behind bars after ramming into a deputy’s patrol car Saturday morning.
Robert Campos of Riverdale is accused of evading a Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy around 10:30 a.m. and ramming the front of the patrol car in the area of Auberry and Tollhouse roads.
Campos caused little damage to the car and the deputy was not hurt. So the chase continued into Pine Ridge elementary School, with Campos crashing into an embankment.
“As he got out of the car to run, the deputy saw Campos reach into his waistband. Fearing he was retrieving a weapon, the deputy fired shots at him. Campos ran out of sight, into an area covered with
trees and bushes,” Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tony Botti explained.
He was not struck by the gunfire and made a temporary escape from the scene.
A K-9 unit and California Highway Patrol helicopter, H-40, were called to the scene to set up a perimeter to contain Campos. Around 12:15 p.m., a K-9 officer alerted deputies to an area about 100 yards from the suspect’s car.
Once the dog got closer, Campos came out from hiding in the brush and surrendered. He was taken into custody without any problems, Botti says.
A weapon was not found on him at the time of his arrest.
He’s been booked into the Fresno County Jail and is facing charges of evading police, assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation.
This remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information about the suspect is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 559-600-3111, Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 or www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward. You can reference case number 19-5533.