Man fleeing from officers found in attic of central Fresno apartment with help from police dog

FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – A man who has faced multiple charges was found in the attic of a central Fresno apartment with the help of a police dog in the attic of a central Fresno apartment after running away from officials Wednesday morning, according to Fresno Police.

At around 10:30 am, officers from the Career Criminal Auto Theft team discovered Joshua Ryan, 25, a wanted man with firearms and other charges, who was also on parole on car theft and other theft allegations, Captain Joey Alvarez. They tried to drive over the vehicle Ryan was driving, but he refused to stop.

A short chase ensued, which was broken off for security reasons and transferred to the police helicopter until Ryan pulled into an alley near Hammond and Fruit avenues. He dropped the vehicle and ran into a nearby apartment.

Residents of the apartment found Ryan trying to hide from officials. They ran away and called the police.

Two hours were spent when officers persuaded Ryan to surrender to them, Alvarez said. He then forced himself to an attic where he was later found with the help of a police dog.

Ryan has been taken into custody on the arrest warrants and a possible burglary charge, Alvarez added.

The officers are waiting for a search warrant to search the apartment for possible weapons that Ryan dropped while fleeing from the police.

Alvarez said there were two people in the vehicle with Ryan at the time. He said the police were unsure if they were innocent bystanders or accomplices.

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