A Jeep that was stollen from an Auburn business yesterday was located, recovered, and the suspect taken into custody all before the victim had finished filing her police report. Auburn Police Sgt. Gary Hopping says the suspect was removing the stolen Jeep from the Nevada Street business and when he pulled out he nearly caused a collision with a vehicle that happened to be followed by a CHP Patrol Car. Sgt. Hopping says the CHP Officer followed the Jeep into the parking lot of a DMV office.
“The guy ran into the DMV office trying to avoid arrest where the CHP officer found him and detained him. When he brought him outside to talk to him, he knew something was up, and went to detain him and the fight was on.”
The suspect, 25 year old John Edward Davila of Sacramento, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and 225 pounds, put up a struggle but was eventually taken into custody.
“Fortunately for the CHP officer, there was a Calfire Arson Investigator present. He had heard the call and went there and he helped the CHP officer and two citizens got involved, noticed they needed help, so between the four of them, they were able to detain this guy and subdue him.”
The victim of the vehicle theft, as well as several witnesses, positively identified Davila as the subject who stole the vehicle and Davila was booked into the Placer County Jail on several felony charges.