Robber Stopped After Extensive Car Chase, No Guns Allowed

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self defense with a gun.

Fremont officers investigate Thursday afternoon after a suspected burglar crashed while trying to flee police.
Fremont officers investigate Thursday afternoon after a suspected burglar crashed while trying to flee police.
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( The East Bay Times reported 12/02/2016 in Fremont, California, a brief pursuit of a burglary suspect on Thursday afternoon ended in a crash that injured a second driver. The chase started after an in-progress burglary was reported just before 1 p.m. at a home in the 400 block of Rancho Arroyo Parkway.

The resident came home and found the burglar still inside his home. So he followed the burglar out and tailed him for a few blocks. All the while sending police a description of the suspect’s vehicle and a photo. (Texting while driving charges?)

A police sergeant then spotted the car at Mission and Stevenson boulevards. Two patrol officers tried to pull it over but the suspect fled. He made it about a mile before he crashed into in a Chevrolet sedan. The driver of that car was hospitalized.

The suspect tried to continue fleeing, lost control of the car, jumped the curb and stopped in some bushes. Then he tried to run from the crash on foot but police quickly arrested him. The 21-year-old suspect was checked at a hospital and taken to the Fremont Police Department to be interviewed.

The car he was driving had been stolen during a burglary the previous day and items stolen in that crime were found in his stolen car. The suspect faces charges of burglary, auto theft, possession of stolen property, and lots of traffic tickets.


This is California, so no guns allowed, at least for innocent victims. So if the apparently unarmed resident had tried to stop this suspect he found inside in his home, would he have quietly surrendered? Look at the escape effort! He would have proven extremely combative and certainly would have injured or possibly killed this victim.

Following discreetly was a great choice rather than trying to physically stop this guy. The resident probably couldn’t get through California’s gun laws if he wanted a gun anyway. It would have to have been locked unloaded in a safe, hence totally useless for self-defense.

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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Old 1811

So the homeowner came home and found the burglar inside his house. Apparently, the house was unoccupied, so there was no threat. If the homeowner had been armed, what should he have done? Did he know how many burglars were there, and where they were? Clearing a building is not something you do by yourself.
The homeowner did exactly the right thing. If he had been armed, he should have done exactly what he did here.


Unless you see the burglar through a window, the house is occupied because you entered your house when the intruder was discovered. Yes/No? The last time you entered your own home, did you consider it to be a house clearing exercise? The article, if accurate, makes clear that the homeowner was surprised by the burglar inside the house.

Old 1811

I read it as being ambiguous. The report never says the resident entered the house. There is no indication that the resident and the burglar were inside the house at the same time. The resident “came home” and found the burglar “still inside his home.” That could mean that he entered the home and saw the burglar, that he saw the burglar from outside, or that he saw signs of entry and heard the burglar. The homeowner “followed the burglar out. and tailed him for a few blocks.” I read this to mean that when the burglar left the house,… Read more »


Certainly not in Alameda COunty.. the one that tried to outlaw gun shows, and when forced to allow them figured another way to not. Oakland is in the same rotten county, but is a “lower caste” society. I can see the liberal whacks buying the schtick that they are safer without guns. The shocking thing about this story is that the homeowner actually took relativelhy aggressive action and gave persuit to ID and locate the perp as he fled. Seems the typical liberal government-as-god eedjits common in Fremont would simply call their insurance company and let them write a check.… Read more »


Get a 12ga shotgun and take training classes and PRACTICE often.

Patricia Jedwabny

JCS Indiana has a gun free policy so he can bully and even kill senior

Ron H

“Gun Free Zone”. Also known as a “Target Rich Environment” to crooks.


I happen to live in Fremont CA and have noticed an increase in home invasions by armed suspects, generally coming from Oakland about 30 miles to the north. Why? Because burglary is easy to commit in Fremont as very few homeowners are ever armed. The liberal, democrat mentality here is you are at greater risk of injury if you actually own a gun and attempt to defend yourself. Just like voting for Trump, we don’t talk about gun ownership here.