A man who allegedly led police on a pursuit and then barricaded himself inside a South Los Angeles apartment with an infant for several hours pleaded not guilty Friday to more than a half-dozen criminal charges.
Juan Manuel Zamora, 25, was charged July 2 with one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s vehicle while driving recklessly, child abuse under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He is also facing two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.
Police officers responding to a call tried to stop Zamora’s vehicle last June 28 in a parking lot at South San Pedro Street and East Washington Boulevard, but he allegedly drove away, according to prosecutors.
Zamora allegedly hit a police vehicle as he fled, leading officers on a chase in which he crashed into a traffic pole, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
He then allegedly ran inside an apartment and barricaded himself with a baby before surrendering to police several hours later, prosecutors said.
Zamora is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse Aug. 6.
He could face up to 11 years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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