Crime - Sacto 911

Man accused of ramming into police facility now behind bars

Fernando Chavez
Fernando Chavez Sacramento Police Department

A man accused of ramming the gate of a Sacramento police facility, leading officers on a wild chase, attacking a homeowner and injuring a police dog last week is now in Sacramento County jail.

Fernando Sanchez, 42, was released from the hospital Friday and was booked on suspicion of robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, evading, felony vandalism and harming a police dog, the Sacramento Police Department announced Tuesday.

Sanchez was shot in the leg and hit with a Taser before he was taken into custody Sept. 12.

The incident began at 9:29 p.m. when a Sacramento Police Department K-9 officer saw a man driving recklessly on Marysville Boulevard. The officer, in a marked police car, followed the truck, which made a fast turn onto eastbound South Avenue, according to police.

The driver, for no apparent reason, rammed the heavy steel gate at the William J. Kinney Police Facility, then drove through the parking lot, striking a parked, unoccupied patrol vehicle, police said.

With officers pursuing in vehicles and on foot, the man drove through the back parking lot and rammed the facility’s emergency back gate, which exits onto Rosalind Street. With the gate hanging from the truck, the driver continued across Rosalind Street and hit the gate of a residence, before getting out of the truck an running off on foot.

The man fought with a police dog that pursued him, and during the struggle, the officer fired his gun, striking the man.

The man continued to flee, jumping fences. He knocked on the door of a residence and asked a homeowner for help. When the homeowner refused, the suspect allegedly struck him with a metal pipe, overpowering the resident, taking control of the house and leaving the homeowner outside.

The suspect then came out of the house with the keys to the homeowner’s vehicle and the two fought as the suspect tried to take the homeowner’s vehicle from the driveway.

During the struggle, officers arrived and used Tasers to control the suspect, according to police.

The police dog, Reno, suffered two significant lacerations. The dog was treated and is expected to recover..

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy