Chino Hills – On Thurs., Jan. 8, Deputies from the Chino Hills Police Department stopped a vehicle for an inoperable break light in the area of Ramona Avenue and the 71 Freeway. Upon contact with the occupants in the vehicle, a record check revealed a possible warrant for passenger Rodolfo Garcia Lopez (aka Rudy Garcia), 28, from Anaheim.
According to the Chino Hills Police Department, when Deputies attempted to confirm Lopez’s identity, he fled from the car, pushing the Deputies into oncoming traffic in the process. Deputies pursued Lopez and gave numerous verbal commands that Lopez ignored. Deputies attempted to take Lopez into custody, but he fought with deputies by pulling from their grasp and pushing them on the ground.
During the struggle, Lopez continuously reached for his waistband. Deputies were able to prevent Lopez from accessing his waistband and took him into custody. During a search subsequent to Lopez’s arrest, Deputies discovered a loaded handgun in his pocket, as well as a small amount of narcotics.
Further investigation revealed that Lopez is on active parole for home invasion robbery, and was in the area to sell suspected stolen merchandise. He was arrested for battery on a peace officer, and a felon in possession of a firearm, and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.
The driver of the vehicle, Hilda Lopez, 28, from West Covina, was also arrested for possession of stolen property used for identity theft. The other vehicle occupant, Frank Lopez, 28, from West Covina, was found to have three no-bail warrants from Los Angeles County. Both were arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center.