GRANADA HILLS ( – A man who police said lead them on a wild pursuit in a stolen taco-catering van was captured and arrested in Granada Hills on Tuesday night.

The incident began when the suspect stole the truck during a catering event in Pacoima, Los Angeles police say.

“We were unloading and finishing the work day, and we just started unloading all the equipment and finished up, and once we noticed somebody jumped in the vehicle, opened the door, closed the door, and left in the van,” said Edgar Ruiz, owner of Epic Tacos.

At about 7:30 p.m., LAPD officers located the truck and pulled it over near Glenoaks Boulevard and Desmond Street. During the traffic stop, the suspect rammed a patrol car with the van and the sped away, police said, prompting a pursuit.

The chase wound its way into Granada Hills. In the area of Pineridge and Kenny drives, near the Knollwood Golf Course, the suspect jumped out of the van and ran, disappearing into some trees on a residential property.

Officers converged on the neighborhood and began scouring it using K-9 dogs. A little after 8:30 p.m., LAPD confirmed that the suspect had been caught.

His name and the exact charges he faces were not confirmed. No one was hurt during the pursuit.


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