On Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 8:09 P.M., deputies located a stolen 2013 Honda CRV at Baseline and the 210 Freeway. The driver, Rafael Baez, got on the eastbound 210 and led deputies on an 18 minute, high speed pursuit. He was driving so fast and reckless that he managed to elude the ground units. The Sheriff's helicopter maintained a visual on the vehicle as he sped through Redlands, San Bernardino, Loma Linda and back into Highland, driving in excess of 100 miles per hour.
As Baez approached Pacific and Arden, he lost control of the vehicle as it went through a deep dip in the road. He drove through the baseball fields and abandoned the vehicle. He ran through a residential neighborhood, over fences and into yards. He tried to break into a residence but was confronted by the homeowner. Deputies located him trying to hide in the backyard of an abandoned residence.
Inside the vehicle, deputies found a handgun, bullets, large blade knives, a money order printing machine with blank stock money orders and numerous tools and credit cards suspected as stolen. A black jacket, gloves, boots and ski mask, along with tools commonly used to commit buglaries were also located.
Baez is on AB109 Release from prison. As a part of Governor Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the state to lower its prison population by 30,000; offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and be placed on local supervision through county Probation.
Deputies are looking to identify additional victims and property owners. If you have information please contact the Highland Police Department at 909.425.9793.
Refer: Deputy Nick Silva
Station: Highland Police Department
Phone No. 909.425.9793
Case No. 131403563