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San Ramon police arrest suspect in Florida homicide after six-hour search

Watchful resident tipped off police to possible sighting; 22-year-old detained without further incident

The San Ramon Police Department apprehended a young man wanted on suspicion of murder out of Florida on Tuesday evening following nearly six hours of searching after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop attempt near Bollinger Canyon Road.

"The suspect involved in our extensive search today has been located and placed under arrest by San Ramon PD personnel. As mentioned, our officers remained in the area and responded after an alert community member reported a possible sighting. He was detained without incident," SRPD reported on Twitter just before 8 p.m.

Reynaldo John Sanchez, 22. (Photo courtesy of SRPD)

The suspect was identified as Reynaldo John Sanchez, 22, according to San Ramon police. Additional details about the underlying Florida homicide case were not immediately available.

San Ramon police reported Sanchez was involved in a short vehicle pursuit on Bollinger Canyon Road but pulled into the Briar Oaks neighborhood, got out of the car and ran away when officers briefly lost sight of the car around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Police issued a shelter-in-place advisory for the area of Bollinger Canyon Road between Briar Oaks and North Monarch drives just after 2 p.m. in that area, but lifted it as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Due to the active search in the area, Gale Ranch Middle School students were held in their classrooms and not released at their scheduled 2:45 p.m. departure time, according to SRPD. A school district official confirmed Gale Ranch students were let out of school at approximately 3:35 p.m. Tuesday.

"We do not know if he was armed today, but based on his warrant out of Florida, he should be considered very dangerous," police said on Twitter before canceling the shelter advisory.

Even after the shelter advisory was lifted, police continued to scour the area and urged residents to keep an eye out for Sanchez, who was reportedly last seen in a red shirt.

At one point, just after 6 p.m., SRPD said on Twitter, "We believe the suspect has left the area and is no longer a threat to those in these communities. Our Detectives are trying to develop leads on where he may have fled. However, with as much time as has passed, he could be a long way from San Ramon by now."

Within the next two hours, an astute resident sent in the tip that someone matching Sanchez's description may have been seen, leading officers to the area where he was reportedly caught. Police announced his arrest at 7:55 p.m.

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San Ramon police arrest suspect in Florida homicide after six-hour search

Watchful resident tipped off police to possible sighting; 22-year-old detained without further incident

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Tue, Aug 17, 2021, 2:51 pm
Updated: Tue, Aug 17, 2021, 9:27 pm

The San Ramon Police Department apprehended a young man wanted on suspicion of murder out of Florida on Tuesday evening following nearly six hours of searching after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop attempt near Bollinger Canyon Road.

"The suspect involved in our extensive search today has been located and placed under arrest by San Ramon PD personnel. As mentioned, our officers remained in the area and responded after an alert community member reported a possible sighting. He was detained without incident," SRPD reported on Twitter just before 8 p.m.

The suspect was identified as Reynaldo John Sanchez, 22, according to San Ramon police. Additional details about the underlying Florida homicide case were not immediately available.

San Ramon police reported Sanchez was involved in a short vehicle pursuit on Bollinger Canyon Road but pulled into the Briar Oaks neighborhood, got out of the car and ran away when officers briefly lost sight of the car around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Police issued a shelter-in-place advisory for the area of Bollinger Canyon Road between Briar Oaks and North Monarch drives just after 2 p.m. in that area, but lifted it as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Due to the active search in the area, Gale Ranch Middle School students were held in their classrooms and not released at their scheduled 2:45 p.m. departure time, according to SRPD. A school district official confirmed Gale Ranch students were let out of school at approximately 3:35 p.m. Tuesday.

"We do not know if he was armed today, but based on his warrant out of Florida, he should be considered very dangerous," police said on Twitter before canceling the shelter advisory.

Even after the shelter advisory was lifted, police continued to scour the area and urged residents to keep an eye out for Sanchez, who was reportedly last seen in a red shirt.

At one point, just after 6 p.m., SRPD said on Twitter, "We believe the suspect has left the area and is no longer a threat to those in these communities. Our Detectives are trying to develop leads on where he may have fled. However, with as much time as has passed, he could be a long way from San Ramon by now."

Within the next two hours, an astute resident sent in the tip that someone matching Sanchez's description may have been seen, leading officers to the area where he was reportedly caught. Police announced his arrest at 7:55 p.m.

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cerred
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San Ramon
on Aug 18, 2021 at 7:23 am
cerred, San Ramon
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on Aug 18, 2021 at 7:23 am

Great work by the SRPD. Good that no one was hurt and the arrest made.


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