In a startling incident on Sunday, a man in his 40s, with a history of run-ins with the law, set off a chain of events that left five people injured after he stole an ambulance in San Gabriel. The saga unfolded when the San Gabriel Fire Department responded to a call on Sunset Avenue around 3:30 p.m., only for the situation to escalate as the man commandeered the ambulance and fled the scene.
High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash and Injuries
The ensuing police pursuit saw the stolen ambulance weaving through San Gabriel’s streets, resulting in multiple crashes with other vehicles. The chaotic pursuit reached its conclusion on Canterbury Road in San Marino, leaving five people injured in its wake.
Of the five individuals harmed, three were rushed to a nearby hospital, while the remaining two received on-the-spot medical attention. Miraculously, all injuries were classified as minor by the San Gabriel Police Department, providing a silver lining to the unfortunate series of events.
While authorities have chosen not to disclose the suspect’s name, they did reveal that the man, now in custody, faces charges of felony evading and grand theft auto. The community is left grappling with the repercussions of a dangerous escapade that unfolded unexpectedly on a typical Sunday afternoon.
Perpetrator’s Criminal History Raises Concerns
Amidst the aftermath, details emerge about the suspect’s troubled past, described as having an “extensive criminal history.” The lack of information surrounding his identity adds an element of mystery to the incident, leaving residents wondering about the motivations behind such a reckless act.
As the community reflects on the incident, questions arise about the broader implications of the suspect’s criminal background and the need for increased vigilance to prevent similar events in the future. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of public safety challenges that communities may face.