Minutes after arresting a parolee suspected of domestic violence Saturday, officers on their way back to the station pursued and arrested a second suspected felon who allegedly engaged police in a motorcycle chase in Desert Hot Springs.
Officers arrested the first man, Javier Torres, 25, at 7:15 a.m. when they responded to an overnight assault call in the 66800 block of Ironwood Drive, said Desert Hot Springs Sgt. Christopher Saucier.
As they drove back to the station, a patrol sergeant attempted to pull over a man on a motorcycle near Cactus Drive and Second Street, he said.
The rider refused to stop, and police chased him until he abandoned his motorcycle in the 66200 block of Acoma Avenue, where took off on foot through various backyards, according to Saucier.
He was eventually arrested about a mile away.
Police allege Edwin Ortiz Martinez, 28, threw away a replica handgun while officers chased him. They said the suspect also was in possession of a dagger-style knife.
Martinez was “wanted on several previous firearms charges and was out on bail for a weapons case,” Saucier said.
Torres and Martinez were booked into the Riverside County Jail in Banning.