Officers assigned to work with the Hayward Police Department say they have arrested a man who is believed to have attacked a law enforcement official in San Leandro.
The incident took place on Valentine’s Day, they said, but it took several days to track and apprehend the suspect. Officers said that at approximately 7 p.m. on Feb. 14, a squad car attempted to pull over a vehicle in order to cite the driver for an undisclosed offense. The driver pulled to the side of the road but attempted to flee. A foot chase ensued. At the time the officer was close to apprehending the suspect the perpetrator slammed the law enforcement official against a wall. The pair struggled briefly and it seemed as if the suspect was subdued. That is when the man reportedly tried to push the officer away and make a grab for his gun.
The suspects girlfriend approached the scene and demanded defendant Solomon Espinoza be left alone. The officer said he feared for his safety and backed off. Espinoza ran. A perimeter was set up and officers searched for the suspect for more than four hours. His girlfriend was taken into custody for threatening to harm a person of the law.
Hayward police say they arrested the suspect several days later. He was booked into the Santa Rita Jail and charged with multiple felonies. A warrant search uncovered he was also wanted for vandalism, domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. Bail information was not available on the county’s website although it is suspected bail had been set in excess of $70,000. The cost to purchase bail bonds in Hayward will be 10% of whatever the total bail amount is.
Espinoza may be ineligible for bail if he has a probation, immigration or parole hold. The defendant is due back in court later this month.