Police Saturday publicly identified a carjacking suspect who they said was chased by Pomona Police, badly hurt three people in a crash, and was zapped with a stun gun as he resisted officers.
Anthony Michael Epolito, a 38-year-old transient, was booked on suspicion of carjacking and evading a police officer, said Pomona Police Lt. Ronald McDonald.
McDonald said Epolito’s bail was set at $100,000. Epolito was transferred to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility near downtown Los Angeles.
About 1:45 p.m. Friday, officers located a stolen Honda that had just been carjacked from a 55-year-old woman in downtown Pomona, according to Pomona police.
“The suspect physically removed the victim from her vehicle,” before heading north on Garey Avenue, according to a police statement.
Epolito initially pulled over when Pomona police spotted the Honda, but then sped away, prompting the chase, police said.
Officers were joined by an Ontario Police helicopter as the chase made its way into La Verne.
“The pursuit travelled through the residential area of La Verne, then south the area of B Street and Bonita Avenue in La Verne, where the suspect crashed into other vehicles,” police said.
Epolito allegedly resisted officers attempts to take him into custody and was zapped with a Taser before he was arrested and taken to a hospital for examination prior to booking, police said.
Firefighters treated three people at the scene. One of them suffered chest trauma and was airlifted to hospital, according to Pomona Police.
—City News Service