Suspect steals vehicle, crashes into patrol car with officers inside, SAPD says

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department said its officers arrested a suspect accused of stealing a vehicle and crashing into an SAPD patrol car.

Officers responded to the original robbery call just before 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of North Zarzamora Street.

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The 35-year-old victim told a dispatcher that they stopped their vehicle and attempted to give the suspect some money. While the victim and the suspect interacted, authorities said the suspect assaulted the victim and stole the victim’s vehicle.

Officers later found the vehicle with the suspect still inside. Police said they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect, but the suspect fled the scene.

During the officers’ pursuit, police said the suspect crashed into a marked SAPD patrol car with two officers in the vehicle.

A short time later, officers were able to take the suspect into custody, officials said.

The 20-year-old suspect, who has yet to be identified, is facing three charges: robbery, evading arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus issued a “word of caution” regarding the incident in a tweet Saturday morning.

“There are safer ways to help the homeless,” McManus said.

No officers were injured in the crash. SAPD said its investigation remains ongoing.

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