A fugitive with two active felony warrants was arrested in Oceanside Tuesday night after he tried to run away from police officers, only to be later found hiding in bushes near a riverbed.
Adam Rogers, 26, was taken into custody just before 10 p.m. after leading police on a wild chase.
At around 4:30 p.m., officers with the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) were called to a home in the 3500 block of Paseo De Los Americanos after a man – now identified as Rogers – was allegedly seen stealing items from an open garage.
The suspected thief was gone by the time officers got to the garage, but a description of the man was broadcast among officers.
About five hours later, around 9:40 p.m., two officers spotted a man matching the suspect’s description at a shopping center in the 2600 block of Vista Way. When the cops tried to speak with the man, he ran away, fleeing through the shopping center complex and towards the freeway.
A chase ensued.
Citizens saw Rogers running across the freeway and alerted the pursuing officers. Minutes later, a business owner called authorities to report Rogers was hiding on their property, on the south side of the freeway.
Rogers then fled the business and ran toward a nearby wooded area. The OPD said the suspect hid in some thick bushes near a riverbed.
At this point, the ASTREA helicopter from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) and K-9 units from the Oceanside and Carlsbad police departments were called into the area. From above, ASTREA crews could see Rogers hiding in the bushes.
K-9s were sent into the wooded area. Moments later, Rogers was taken into custody.
He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility just after midnight for the garage burglary and felony warrants. Rogers is expected to appear in court Thursday.
The OPD said Rogers was considered an armed and dangerous fugitive, as one of his warrants was for weapons possession. The police department praised the teamwork across multiple agencies for the arrest of the fugitive.