[UPDATED with No Attempted Murder Charge:] Marcos Gonzalez Caught After Allegedly Using Car to Run Over Motorcycle Cop

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UPDATE, NOV. 7, 2:15 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced today it is charging  Marcos Gonzalez with one felony count of assault of a police officer with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and having a prior conviction for possession for sale of a controlled substance in 2007.

That could land the Fullerton 28-year-old in state prison for nine years with a conviction, but it could have been a much longer stretch had the Garden Grove Police Department got its way.

After a three-day manhunt, Gonzalez was arrested in Riverside County on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly using his 2002 Infiniti Q35 to knock down and run over the leg of a Garden Grove motorcycle officer Wednesday morning.

Gonzalez was scheduled to be arraigned on the OCDA charges in court in Westminster this afternoon, when $250,000 bail was to be sought. An OCDA arraignment statement identifies the injured cop as "Officer Starnes." The department has as master officer in its traffic division named Charles Starnes.

According to the OCDA:

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2011, Gonzalez is accused of being pulled over by Garden Grove Police Officer Starnes in a routine traffic stop. Officer Starnes approached the defendant's window and noticed an odor of marijuana from Gonzalez's vehicle during the contact. At the request of the officer, Gonzalez is accused of getting out of his vehicle.

While Officer Starnes called for back-up, Gonzalez is accused of rushing back into the driver's seat of his car. Officer Starnes attempted to stop the defendant by preventing him from getting into the vehicle, but was knocked down after being hit by the driver's side door.

Knowing that Officer Starnes was hanging outside the vehicle, Gonzalez is accused attempting to drive away and flee, dragging Officer Starnes several feet before the officer fell to the ground. Gonzalez is accused of then fleeing the scene.

The defendant was arrested three days later, on Nov. 5, 2011, by Garden Grove Police Department officers.

The extent of the injuries to Officer Starnes is unknown at this time.

UPDATE, NOV. 4, 2:38 P.M.: 28-year-old Marcos Gonzalez, who remained on the lam since allegedly running over a Garden Grove police motorcycle officer Wednesday morning, was captured and arrested this morning, authorities announced.

Since the incident that hospitalized the cop, surveillance was set up on the Orange and Riverside County residences of friends and family members of the suspect out of Fullerton, according to a Garden Grove Police Department statement.

Gonzalez was spotted around 8:15 this morning riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle driving in the Riverside County city of Eastvale, according to the statement, which adds the vehicle was stopped and the suspect was arrested without incident. He was later booked into Orange County Jail on attempted murder charges.

The officer, who suffered no broken bones, is said to be improving from injuries that include bruises and abrasions.

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Marcos Gonzalez allegedly fought with and ran over a motorcycle officer who pulled him over for wearing no seatbelt Wednesday. He is still at large.

UPDATE, NOV. 3, 8:59 A.M.: Garden Grove police have released two headshots of Marcos Gonzalez, a 28-year-old who allegedly ran over a motorcycle cop after being pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt Wednesday morning.

Police are stumped over the wanted suspect's motives, as he has no criminal record and the green, 2002 Infiniti Q35 with tinted windows and no license plate he was driving does not appear to have been stolen.

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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 2, 2:40 P.M.: Garden Grove police are on the lookout for a motorist accused of being an attempted murderer for using his car to knock down and run over a motorcycle officer this morning. The unidentified cop is now listed in good condition at UCI Medical Center, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale.

Marcos Gonzalez, a 28-year-old who was originally pulled over for not wearing his seatbelt, drove off in a green, 2002 Infiniti Q35 with tinted windows and no license plate, Nightengale said.

According to Nightengale:

Just after 9:30 a.m., the Infiniti was pulled over in the parking lot at 13321 Brookhurst St.. where the officer was able to get the driver's information and begin filling out a ticket. But as the cop was talking to the driver, he began acting so nervously that he was asked to step out of the vehicle.

The male cop performed a "pat down" search for any weapons before telling the driver to sit on the curb. As the officer radioed in for back-up, the driver began physically fighting with the cop, running to the back of his car and then diving into his driver's seat. The policeman tried to pull the man out through the still open driver's side door. That's when the driver backed his car up and knocked the cop to the ground before running over a portion of the lawman's body.

As the Infiniti left the scene, the officer was able to radio in that he was down and needed assistance. He also provided the suspect information and vehicle description.

Nightengale asks anyone with information about Gonzelez's whereabouts to contact the Garden Grove Police Department at 714.741.5704.  
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Hindenburg
Hindenburg

That's the same cop that gave me a ticket, hope he is out on sick leave and doesn't show up to court. Don't have much sympathy for him. Thank you Mr. Gonzalez, you may have saved me a bunch of money :)

bigriggs
bigriggs

Enjoy prison you piece of shit.

Corncern Victim
Corncern Victim

I'm just gunna assume you're a pig! Asshole!

bigriggs
bigriggs

Assume away but you are way off. I, unlike you, do not admire criminals that try to run over a person, let alone a cop. It's nice that you show your true colors by calling this officer a pig and myself a pig. It really shows what kind of person you are.

 I see below that you hoppe this officer is crippled for life, that's nice. Where and when in this article did it say anything about this officer screwing with a persons life and treating them horribly? I have read the article 3-4 times to find that little tidbit but for some reason I can't. What I did find was an officer pulling over a person for a normal traffic stop. The crriminal escalated it from there, not the officer. Did the officer make the criminal jump back into his car and try to escape? Did the officer make the criminal commit the traffic offense that started this? Did the officer make the criminals car smell like weed? I guess reading comprehension is lacking in some people. Have a nice day.

Concern Victim
Concern Victim

I hope that pig is crippled for life, sad part is that the only thing that got run over was his boot. Maybe that'll show other officers that they shouldn't screw around and treat people horrible. I've gotten stopped so many times over the most ridiculous things! One of the times the pig wanted to 'simply ask for my number'. Talk about abusing your title. Its a bunch of BS we good people have to go through. I'm tired of it! I'm sure he was too. It is a shame that he had to stand up to the law the way he did but now he is in trouble. Marcos hun I'm praying for you and hope that whatever choices you end up making in the future don't endanger anymore people and especially yourself. We can't always could on the law but still have to obide by it.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

By the way how many cops have killed people this year? O know its been quite a few.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

I think that perhaps in the past this gentleman has probably been beaten, harrassed, and had his rights abused by the police. He probably felt that his life was in danger so maybe when he tried to get away instead of going forward he put it in reverse and hit the copper. If you have ever had cops put there guns to your face, threatened you, constantly stop you and harrass you, you start to feel like your life is in danger. Things get so bad that everytime you see a police officer you get all this rage and anger and fear of your life. I'm a law abiding citisen who has never been arrested but just this year i have been stopped and harrassed more than 30 times. It's just fokin ridiculous.

Tiara_celes
Tiara_celes

he prob just ran over his boot,,,, pigs can be big time jerks and the media publishes whatever they want,,,  after Fullerton's pd fiasco and police departments all over i dont believe any "police officer"

Raymundo Garcia
Raymundo Garcia

Marcos Gonzalez they forgot to mention has no criminal record so as for the attempted murder charges I see them going away after he turns himself in, and Marcos if you are reading yes it would be better to turn yourself in because these cops will hunt you down and kill you and if you don't have a gun you will after they kill you so turn yourself in first. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

He was run to ground but I notice he wasn't shot. There are some complete scum cops out there, many even, but not all.

Brains don't work so good when they get panicky. I suspect he much regrets his bad judgement, given his evident good past.

mitch young
mitch young

" a green, 2002 Infiniti Q35 with tinted windows and no license plate"Lowered?Spinners?Purple undercarriage lights?

Jesse
Jesse

Yup, sounds like a nother NASCAR

W_sjomeling
W_sjomeling

The Police already had his DL but the time he tried to run so they know who he is. What a dumb ass.

peter
peter

That guy is in deep trouble!!!! Hope the officer is OK!

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