Deputies, CHP nab erratic driver brandishing weapon; armed robbery suspect threatens to kill self

Deputies from the sheriff's Ramona station assisted California Highway Patrol Sunday, Aug. 24, when calls came in of a man brandishing a rifle and driving erratically, said Lt. Hank Turner.

Jesus "Jesse" Fernandez, 39, of Ramona, was arrested by CHP, on suspicion of felony charges that included armed robbery, evading peace

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officer, assault with firearm, and threaten crime that could cause death/great bodily injury, according to authorities.

The calls began around 3:30 p.m. when a man was seen walking down the street with a rifle and getting into a car around 12th Street, said CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein.

At Dye Road and state Route 67 a woman and her daughter were in their vehicle at the stoplight when a man in a car next to them pointed a rifle at them, according to the report. The woman put her car into reverse, crashed into a fence, ran into nearby Fire Station 82 and called 911, the report stated.

According to Pearlstein, the suspect drove into a driveway on San Vicente Road where he pointed a rifle at a couple and stole their laptop and iPods. The female called 911, he said.

As CHP pursued the suspect down San Vicente Road toward San Diego Country Estates, he crashed his vehicle in a field near Chuck Wagon and San Vicente roads and fled on foot, said Pearlstein.

Officers searched and located him around 7 p.m. under a porch in the 2200 block of Little Klondike Road, according to officials. A rifle and machete were found in his car, the report stated.

"Apparently he had just gotten released from jail that morning for driving under the influence," said Pearlstein.

Fernandez was also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, the CHP officer said.

While in the holding area of the Ramona station, Fernandez pulled out a knife that he had hidden and threatened deputies and threatened to kill himself, Pearlstein said.

A crisis negotiation team and SWAT team were called. He was eventually booked into San Diego Central Jail where he had an Aug. 27 arraignment scheduled.

   
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