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Police search for fugitive

Submitted by on 1, September 10, 2009 – 9:07 amOne Comment

12What started as a routine traffic stop on a quiet East End street has turned into a manhunt for a Livermore man wanted by the U.S. Marshals.

Police are looking for Steven Flock, 34, of Livermore, a parolee that the Marshals were seeking on a weapons violation, Alameda Police Lt. Bill Scott said. Alameda police also want Flock so they can charge him with assault with a deadly weapon.

“We have a couple of leads on it. We’re looking for him today,” Scott said.

Scott said an Alameda police officer tried to pull over a driver who they believe was Flock at 1:12 a.m. today because the driver was making evasive driving moves. He said the driver backed into a resident’s driveway on Pearl Street and then pulled forward in an unsuccessful to hit the officer’s car.

A car chase followed, and both vehicles crashed, on Eagle Avenue. The officer then chased the suspect, who fled on foot. When the officer saw the suspect reach into his waistband, he called in backup. The suspect ran into a resident’s Pearl Street backyard. A canine and police search of the yard did not turn up the suspect.

Residents of the East End neighborhood where the chase occurred have told The Island that they saw police cars and an officer with a rifle stationed at the corner of Versailles and Buena Vista for several hours. They said police used a megaphone and went door-to-door to tell residents to stay inside, lock their doors and stay away from windows. Police said they search for the suspect until nearly 4 a.m.

Meanwhile, police ran the suspect’s license plate and found the car belonged to Flock, who was listed by the federal Department of Justice as a dangerous parolee-at-large. Scott said he is wanted by the U.S. Marshals on a weapons violation. He said the officer who pulled the suspect over identified him as Flock.

Police want Flock on an assault with a deadly weapon charge for attempting to run down the officer. He is white, 5’8″ and 163 lbs., with shaved, brown hair, hazel eyes and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark-colored shoes. Scott said that if anyone sees Flock, they’re to call 911.

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