A single taser shot found its mark and dropped a home burglary suspect as he attempted to jump into a getaway car a little after 1 p.m. Wednesday after ignoring an officer’s order to stop.
Manteca Police indicated the arrest could possibly clear a number of unsolved burglaries.
Officers said Christopher Antonio Elliott, 23, of Sacramento and a 14-year-old Manteca youth had been seen by neighbors jumping a fence and entering an unoccupied residence in the 1500 block of Nana Place near its intersection with Nicole Way. A dispatcher sent officers to that address on a “burglary in progress” call.
The suspects’ 2005 Legend was parked at the curb across the street with a 16-year-old Manteca girl sitting in the back seat serving as the lookout, police said. Officers set up a distant surveillance on the car. But when other units arrived on the scene the girl reportedly called the duo in the house warning them of police in the area. Officers said they quickly set up a perimeter around the dwelling.
A team of officers entered the house in an attempt to clear the residence as the two escaped out a rear door and jumped a fence and ran across the street toward their car. Patrolman Kenny Wells pulled up to the scene and ordered Elliott to stop as the man attempted to get into the getaway car tasing him when he did not comply, police said.
The 14-year-old teenage accomplice ran up the street only to be collared by two detectives, Paul Carmona and Armando Garcia, after a 30-yard foot pursuit. Elliott was transported to county hospital to be checked for any injuries the taser may have caused after being hit in the head by one of the darts. He was checked out, found to be OK, and sent on to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.
A neighbor who witnessed the car parked near his home said he saw them scale a back fence and head toward the targeted house. Police reportedly found drugs and a pipe in the vehicle however no one was cited because they said the suspect had a medical card that allowed him to possess them.
Elliott was charged with burglary, conspiracy, resisting arrest and for a felony warrant for grand theft out of Sacramento. The two underaged juveniles were reported to be brother and sister and were transported to juvenile hall on the same charges as the adult, but the girl was not charged with resisting arrest.
Police added that they are interested in talking further with the three suspects about other home burglaries that have occurred in Manteca where their 2005 Legend had allegedly been seen by witnesses leaving their neighborhoods.