The Fresno County Sheriff’s office said property crimes detectives have arrested 25-year-old Shannon Peterson of Opa-locka, Florida, and 30-year-old Laresha Brown of Oakland after the two led multiple law enforcement agencies on a 70-mile-long pursuit.
The pursuit lasted about an hour and spanned Fresno, Kings and Kern counties.
Around 6 p.m. on Monday, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies said they responded to a report of vehicles that had been broken into in the parking lot of the Harris Ranch Inn near Interstate 5 and West Dorris Avenue in Coalinga.
Officials said deputies learned that the burglary happened while the victims were eating at the restaurant. They said a window had been broken and several electronic items and pieces of luggage had been taken from a vehicle.
While conducting an investigation, deputies said they learned of another vehicle that had been burglarized and luggage was stolen from that vehicle as well.
Property crimes detectives, who officials said have been conducting an investigation into a series of vehicle burglaries in the area, developed information about two possible suspects and their vehicle.
Deputies said the suspect information was relayed to patrol units and at 8 p.m., a deputy in the area of I-5 and West Jayne Avenue spotted the suspects’ car and tried to make a traffic stop. They said the suspects ignored the deputy’s lights and siren and sped away at more than 100 mph.
Deputies said the suspects then blacked out their car by turning off the headlights and taillights and refused to pull over.
The deputy requested help from the sheriff’s office helicopter, EAGLE One, the California Highway Patrol and Kings County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.
At 8:30 p.m., officials said a CHP officer saw the suspects approaching the Kern County line, driving 130 mph. About 10 minutes later, deputies said EAGLE One arrived overhead and began to follow the suspects, allowing patrol cars to reduce their speeds.
At 9 p.m., deputies said the suspects took the Highway 58 exit off I-5 in Buttonwillow, turned down Tracy Avenue, stopped the car and got out and ran through a motel parking lot.
Deputies and officers, along with Kern County Sheriff’s K-9 officers, set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects. Officials said EAGLE One helped direct them to the suspects, who tried hiding near semi-truck trailers.
Around 9:15 p.m., deputies said they took Peterson and Brown into custody without any problems. Detectives searched the suspects’ BMW car and found the stolen electronics and luggage.
Officials said the suspects were captured approximately 70 miles away from where the initial traffic stop was attempted in Coalinga.
Authorities said Peterson faces multiple felony charges of burglary. His bail was set at $25,000 and he has since bonded out of jail.
Brown faces multiple felony charges of burglary, as well as evading police and probation violation, officials said. Her bail is set at $76,000, however, deputies said she is not eligible to bail out on her probation hold. She is currently under Post-Release Community Supervision and has a prior conviction for evading police.
Detectives said they are investigating to see if Brown and Peterson are tied to other recent reported vehicle burglaries at the Harris Ranch Inn.
If you have any further information about these suspects, call Detective Eric Penland at 600-8171 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 498-7867. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.