Santa Cruz police detective assualted


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At about 10:30 a.m. Monday, a police detective spotted the suspects, identified as 28-year-old Michael Roberts of Washington and 31-year-old Jennifer Minks of Oregon in a stolen car from Oregon at the Valero gas station at Soquel Avenue and Frederick Street.

The detective was following up on a report of a grand theft from earlier that morning at a Valero gas station on Ocean Street and determined that the suspects matched the description of a man and woman captured in a surveillance video, according to police.

The video depicted the suspects fleeing in a stolen white Chevrolet after allegedly committing grand theft, police said.

With the help of two additional officers, the detective attempted to stop the suspects by initiating his emergency lights, according to police.

The suspects allegedly tried to run the detective over by backing their car, making a U-turn and accelerating toward the detective and hitting his vehicle head-on, causing injuries to his legs and abrasions throughout his body, police said.

He was transported to a nearby hospital.

A responding officer with the California Highway Patrol spotted the vehicle speeding on Highway 17, and with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies, attempted to stop the vehicle by initiating a high-risk traffic stop in the Kings Village Shopping Center, where they took the suspects into custody.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact the investigations section of the Police Department at (831) 420-5820. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the tip line at (831) 420-5995.

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