A young man, who was declared a fugitive after he failed to show up in court in a burglary case, was charged Tuesday with shooting at Costa Mesa police as they tried to arrest him following a car crash last weekend.
Korrell Cole, 22, was involved in a crash at Harbor Boulevard and the San Diego (405) Freeway on Saturday, but he ran away when police arrived, according to Costa Mesa police.
Police tracked him down to Mace Avenue and Wintergreen Place. But before an officer could get out of his vehicle, Cole allegedly fired at him at least once, then ran into a home in the 2900 block of Royal Palm Drive.
As police cordoned off the area, Cole allegedly stole a car from a garage on Royal Palm and tried to flee, but police boxed him in. After 50 minutes of negotiations, the suspect was arrested without further incident.
Cole was charged with one count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer, impersonating an officer, grand theft and vehicle theft, and two counts of first-degree residential burglary — all felonies.
Cole also faces sentence-enhancement allegations of a burglary with the resident at home, personal discharge of a gun, and committing a crime while out on bail for another crime.
Cole was declared a fugitive in May of last year when he failed to show up in a burglary case against him dating back to 2012 break-ins in Fullerton and Huntington Beach.
Cole was also accused of leading police on a chase when they attempted to arrest him in November 2012.
Co-defendants Dillon and Dean Castillo, who are twins, pleaded guilty to burglary, kidnapping and receiving stolen property in April of last year. They are awaiting a Feb. 16 sentencing date.
Cole was charged last year with two counts of illegal use of tear gas, as well as possession of tear gas, for allegedly spraying “multiple” transients with Mace on Feb. 27, 2015, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez.
–City News Service