Murder suspect leads cops on East Bay chase

August 12, 2010 12:28:33 AM PDT
Late Wednesday afternoon, police swarmed and arrested a suicidal man who led them on a chase through the East Bay and back to a house where investigators made a disturbing discovery.

A Bay Point home turned into an active homicide crime scene by the evening. It is where the suspect was first spotted, then he was chased all over the East Bay, and ended up back to the home where the chase ended.

The yellow Ford SUV led police on a slow chase, down Highway 4, from Concord to Pittsburg.

"And he was just swerving through the lanes and the police were on the right, on the left, they were everywhere," said witness Ginette Ruiz.

The man, identified as 30-year-old Prudencio Rubio, led the caravan to Concord and back to Pittsburg again. He finally returned to the Bay Point home where police say it all started around 3 p.m., shortly after a neighbor called about something strange happening at the home.

"Subsequently it was discovered there was a dead body inside the house and Rubio was identified as a suspect in that incident," said Jimmy Lee from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department.

After police knocked out one tire with spikes, Rubio hobbled back to the murder scene. He sat in his vehicle in front of the house with a revolver pointed to his head while talking on his cell phone.

A man, who identified himself as a relative, told ABC7 Rubio's brother lives at the home with his wife.

"I've seen this guy a few times while living here. I've seen the vehicle... yellow. It's kind of hard to miss," said neighbor Julio Renderos.

Around 5:45 p.m. negotiators convinced Rubio to put down his weapon and give up. Police say he had been shot in the leg and was bleeding. Rubio told them he accidently shot himself.

Late Wednesday night, detectives were still combing the house where the body of the victim -- who has not yet been identified -- would be soon taken away.


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