FAIRFIELD — Gregory C. Richardson, an ex-con with a long local criminal history, was walking Friday afternoon down Utah Street when he spotted Fairfield Police Offcier Tom Shackford driving nearby.
Shackford also spotted Richardson. Richardson took off running. Shackford went after him, starting an hourlong hunt that ended with Richardson’s arrest.
Richardson had been set for the night before being interrupted. He had some cash, some methamphetamine, a bit of marijuana and some condoms, according to police. He also had a court-ordered warrant for his arrest issued a week earlier after not showing up to be sentenced on a parole violation and a methamphetamine possession case.
Shackford knew Richardson and he knew about the warrant.
Richardson, 33, sprinted down Harding Street until he fell out of his ill-fitting pants, leaving them behind as he kept on running. He then resorted to jumping over a nearby fence into a backyard, and then another and then disappearing.
Several other Fairfield police officers joined Shackford and two blocks in the quiet neighborhood were quickly surrounded by police.
A Solano County sheriff’s deputy, Randy Pratt, was enlisted into the search effort. Pratt and his K-9 partner, Hondo, led the search with a team of Fairfield police going from yard to yard.
The search led to a predictable destination.
“That’s where we found him the last time,” an officer said of Richardson’s last arrest as the search team walked toward a First Street home.
That was where Hondo found Richardson in a converted garage. He gave up without a struggle and without being bitten.
Still pantless, Richardson was handcuffed around 5:15 p.m. He was taken to jail with his belongings where he we will spend the weekend until a court appearance next week.
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