Stolen vehicle suspect still on the loose after two-hour search
A suspect is still on the loose following a two-hour search by law enforcement that started around 11 a.m. today in the area of Moran Road, Toomes Avenue and Houghton Avenue north of Corning.
Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt said the incident started when police dispatch received a call from a woman who lives west of the Instate 5 near Corning, stating that a man and two women were acting suspiciously near her home.
When Tehama County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they located the trio near a white pickup parked on the southbound shoulder of the freeway.
Hencratt said the man fled on foot, eastbound across both the southbound and northbound lanes of the freeway, jumped a fence and ran into the trees and foliage.
The two females with the pickup were taken into custody and questioned, but they were uncooperative, according to the sheriff. He said it is suspected the pickup may be a stolen vehicle reported out of Shasta County.
Law enforcement set up a perimeter around the area, and two police canines joined in the search.
There was suspicion the suspect may have entered a home just east of the freeway, but a search came up empty.
Utilizing the police dogs, and with guns drawn, law enforcement searched several structures and orchards within the perimeter, as a California Highway Patrol airplane circled overhead.
Law enforcement is still investigating the incident and have not at this time released the names of the suspects. Assisting the sheriff’s office in the search was the Corning Police Department and CHP.