A man wanted for assaulting a Union City police officer last month has been arrested in Antioch after authorities received a tip from an anonymous citizen to the Fugitive Watch hotline 1-800-9-CAUGHT. Marcell Lee West, a 19-year-old Union City man, was arrested at his hideout on Putnam Drive in Antioch at 7 p.m. Wednesday after a standoff that lasted several hours, spokesman Kelly Musgrove said. West was originally arrested on Aug. 4 for allegedly assaulting a police officer who responded to a burglary at a home in the 2900 block of Mallorca Way in Union City. He was injured in the incident and escaped from a local hospital several days later, Musgrove said. He said authorities weren’t guarding West because his injuries were significant and they didn’t think he would be an escape threat. Union City officers went to the home in the 2900 block of Mallorca Way at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 4 after receiving a report that multiple suspects had jumped over the fence while carrying large garbage bags. An officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ car near the intersection of Ratekin Drive and Sugar Beet Way, Musgrove said. The officer stopped, stood next to the door of his patrol car and commanded the driver to stop. Musgrove said the driver, who was later identified as West, slowed down but then suddenly accelerated toward the officer and rammed into the patrol car. The officer’s leg was trapped between the door and the car’s frame, according to Musgrove. The officer was pushed backward into the vehicle and dropped his pistol. West then allegedly slowed down and accelerated again, ramming into the police car a second time while the officer’s leg was still trapped, Musgrove said. Other officers responded to the area and chased the suspects’ vehicle to Union City Boulevard at Smith Street, where West lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. West and a 17-year-old passenger jumped out and fled but were caught with the help of a police search dog, police said. Police found seven large garbage bags filled with marijuana when they searched West’s vehicle, Musgrove said He said officers also found evidence that marijuana was being grown inside the home that was burglarized. West was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police offider, transportation of drugs, burglary, evading a police officer, hit-and-run and resisting arrest. Musgrove said West will now face additional charges for escaping from the hospital. The 17-year-old suspect, who’s also from Union City, was arrested for transportation of drugs, burglary and resisting arrest. Musgrove said the officer whose leg was trapped only sustained minor injuries and returned to work. The anonymous tip that resulted in West’s arrest Wednesday night came from a citizen who called a hotline run by Fugitive Watch, a crime-fighting resource founded by San Jose police Officers Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. This is the 1,175th capture credited to the Fugitive Watch Program.
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Stephan J. Dougan, Personal Injury Attorney
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