Tuesday's manhunt suspect arrested

Suspect who forced school lockdowns in custody
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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An exhaustive manhunt through Roseville Tuesday appeared to end with a suspect who led a high-speed pursuit remaining at large - though Wednesday morning police reportedly changed that book mark by arresting 29-year-old Zechariah Austin Lee at his home in Citrus Heights.

The incident started around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday when Lee allegedly stole a Mercedes sedan from a home on Plumber Way near East Roseville Parkway. Shortly after the reported theft, the suspect was spotted speeding down Vernon Street. Roseville police engaged in a brief pursuit that ended near Darling Way and Vine Avenue, where the suspect bailed from his stolen vehicle and fled on foot into a residential neighborhood.

Roseville police officers, with the assistance of their K-9 units and Sacramento Police Department K-9, searched the nearby neighborhood and the surrounding creek area. Cirby Elementary and St. Rose schools, both close to the action, were put on lockdown for the safety of the students.

The hunt expanded into neighborhoods on Garcia Road, Belle Lane and Jo Anne Lane before patrol officers ultimately realized the suspect could not be located.

The two schools were eventually released from lockdown.

"We started scaling back the search," Roseville Police Spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther reported at 10 a.m. "The Placer Regional Auto Theft Task Force, which has investigators from Roseville police, Rocklin police and the Sheriff's Office, will be taking over the investigation from here." 

This afternoon, Gunther said further investigation allowed law enforcement to identify Lee as the suspect. According to Gunther, he was arrested Wednesday morning without incident and booked into jail on charges of evading police officers with disregard for public safety, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and violating Post Community Release Supervision, or PRCS.

Press Tribune had reporters on-scene during the police search.