Greenfield, WI – Two accused serial car thieves are back on the run following multiple high-speed pursuits throughout the city (video below).
One of the suspects, 20-year-old Daniel Hernandez, was apprehended by police on May 29, but he was released by the court until his initial appearance, WITI reported.
Hernandez never showed up for his court hearing, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
His alleged accomplice, 17-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez, has been on the run since the duo led police on a high-speed chase on May 29.
The incident began at approximately 12:15 a.m., when an off-duty Franklin police officer witnessed two vehicles speeding out of a subdivision.
The astute officer was aware of a series of recent vehicle thefts and break ins in the area, so he began following the two suspicious vehicles.
An on-duty officer soon spotted the vehicles traveling “in excess of 90 miles per hour” as they blew through a red light, according to police.
Both of the vehicles – an Audi and a Lincoln MKS – were determined to have been stolen.
The suspects both drove the wrong way down the street at various points during the ensuing pursuit, WITI reported.
While the on-duty officer was chasing both vehicles at speeds topping 100 miles per hour, the Audi drove over a set of stop sticks, according to WITI.
The driver, later identified as Hernandez, bailed out of the car when the tires flattened, and jumped into the Lincoln being driven by Gonzalez.
According to police, an officer “stopped in front of them” and ordered the suspects to surrender.
Instead, Gonzalez stomped on the gas and “accelerated to over 100 miles per hour with multiple Greenfield squads in pursuit,” according to the criminal complaint.
One officer managed to catch up to the Lincoln, and performed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, bringing the stolen car to a stop.
Hernandez then bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot, but was apprehended a short while later.
Meanwhile, police held Gonzalez at gunpoint and ordered him to exit the Lincoln, but he floored the accelerator and took of yet again.
That pursuit was ultimately terminated by police.
Investigators determined that the Lincoln was stolen sometime during the night of May 28, after the owner left the vehicle unlocked with the keys inside.
It was later found abandoned in Milwaukee.
The Audi was also stolen on May 28. Investigators said they found “numerous items, including several wallets” and credit cards that did not belong to either of the suspects, WITI reported.
According to the criminal complaint, Hernandez and Gonzales are also accused of having stolen a Mercedes-Benz SUV from a residence sometime between May 26 and May 27.
The driver had left the key to the vehicle inside the cup holder.
Surveillance footage from the Franklin Walmart store showed both suspects entering the vehicle, which later led police on a chase at speeds topping 90 miles per hour.
That pursuit was also ultimately terminated.
The damaged SUV was later found abandoned in Milwaukee.
Hernandez told police that he and Gonzalez would “joy ride” the stolen vehicles for “two or three days,” and that they would steal wallets and guns from inside, according to the criminal complaint.
A witness also identified Gonzalez as one of the suspects involved in an unrelated burglary of a man’s garage in Oak Creek.
The homeowner reported that he heard “commotion” in his garage, and that he spotted a Hispanic male pull a black firearm out of his waistband as he ran away from the scene, WITI reported.
Gonzalez is wanted for unauthorized use of personal identifying information or documents, three counts of driving or operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, two counts of fleeing or eluding an officer, burglary of a building or dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Hernandez is wanted for unauthorized use of a personal identifying information or documents, two counts of operating vehicle without owner’s consent, and resisting arrest.
You can watch dashcam footage of the officers’ May 29 pursuit with the duo in the video below: