Suspect ID'd in Attempted Murder of Cop
Alexander Diaz (Left) Officer Patrick Brower (Right)
San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix
October 06, 2010
FREMONT – Police have identified the man suspected of stealing a van and ramming a Fremont motorcycle officer.
Detective Bill Veteran, a police spokesman, said that Alexander Diaz, 36, a parolee from Southern California, stole a delivery van and struck Officer Patrick Brower on Monday, dragging the 10-year veteran and his motorcycle across two lanes of traffic. Diaz then fled on foot and eluded capture.
Brower, 43, was pinned under the CEVA delivery van on Warm Springs Boulevard at Mission Court. The married father of three sons was taken to a San Jose hospital, where he underwent reconstructive surgery to his leg and foot, Veteran said.
Brower is expected to be released from the hospital this week.
The incident has been classified as an attempted murder of a police officer, the second involving a Fremont officer in a little over than a month. On Aug. 27, Fremont police Officer Todd Young was shot and seriously wounded in Oakland, police said, by a gang member he was trying to arrest.
Diaz is being sought on a no-bail arrest warrant. He is on parole for grand theft, Veteran said.
Monday’s incident began at 10:35 a.m. when Diaz allegedly stole the van on Lippert Avenue while the driver was away making a delivery. Brower spotted the van turning onto Warm Springs Boulevard at 10:48 a.m. and stopped in the center divider.
The driver accelerated and struck Brower, then fled on foot. Both the officer and his motorcycle were pinned underneath the van.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (510) 790-6900.