Long Beach, California – A Long Beach couple was arrested on suspicion of committing several crimes after they led police on a chase.
The Long Beach Police Department says that at about 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, officers were sent to the intersection of Anaheim Street and Pacific Avenue.
When they arrived, they spoke with a man who said that two suspects, a male and a female, approached him as he was sitting inside his parked car on Anaheim Street.
The male suspect brandished a firearm and demanded the victim’s vehicle. The victim, fearing for his life, complied with the suspect’s demand. After that, the suspects fled northbound on Anaheim Street.
A short while later, patrol officers noticed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver failed to yield and continued driving, leading officers to a brief chase. The pursuit ended when the driver of the stolen vehicle crashed into an unoccupied parked car. After the crash, the male driver got out of the car and ran away, while the female passenger remained in the vehicle and was subsequently arrested.
Shortly after that, the male suspect was arrested after the police set up a perimeter and searched the area.
Officers searched the stolen vehicle and found two firearms along with multiple rounds of ammunition. According to the police, one of the firearms that was discovered inside the stolen vehicle was a ghost gun.
The male suspect, identified as Jose De Jesus Diaz, a 34-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked into the Long Beach City Jail on one count of carjacking, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, one count of carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, one count of being a prohibited possessor in possession of a firearm, and one violation of post-release community supervision. He was ordered held without bail.
The female suspect, identified as Jessica Renee Chavira, a 28-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked into the Long Beach City Jail on one count of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, one count of carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, one count of carrying a loaded firearm while not being the registered owner, and one count of carjacking. Her bail was set at $100,000.