A male suspect led Monterey County sheriff’s deputies on a vehicle and foot pursuit in Marina early Monday morning. Sheriff’s deputies attempted a traffic stop shortly before 2 a.m. on a 2001 black Infinity sedan, which had no license plates and had heavily tinted windows.
The driver stopped momentarily, made initial contact with deputies and fled the scene. A four-mile vehicle pursuit ended when the driver stopped the vehicle and ran on foot from deputies. Deputies established a perimeter, but did not locate the suspect. Deputies located a .380 caliber semi-automatic firearm that the suspect had discarded.
The suspect ended the pursuit outside his own house in the 100 block of Debbie Avenue in Marina, deputies said. Sheriff’s deputies were able to positively identify the suspect as 32-year-old Robert James Ashurst, of Marina, based on his driver’s license and credit cards, which he left inside the abandoned vehicle.
Cocaine, marijuana, and open containers of alcohol were also found inside the vehicle and seized by deputies. The suspect has prior violent felony convictions for robbery, burglary, firearms possession and claimed street gang membership. Ashurst’s prior convictions prevent him from possessing a firearm. He is also in violation of his probation, according to deputies.
When deputies arrived at the residence in search of Ashurst, the suspect’s girlfriend came outside the house and interfered with the foot pursuit, deputies said. Although the girlfriend originally lied to deputies about her real name, officers identified her as 21-year-old Rosie Travis, of Marina. Deputies said Travis had used her cell phone to text Ashurst that deputies were pursuing him. Warrants for the arrest of both suspects are forthcoming, according to deputies.
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