Police arrest Fairfield residents after Kohl’s theft

By From page A4 | June 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Two Fairfield residents were arrested Thursday by Vacaville police on a variety of allegations after an alleged theft at a local department store.

Officers were dispatched at about 10 p.m. to Kohl’s on Orange Drive after reports of a theft in progress. Upon arrival, officers saw the suspects leaving the store with merchandise they had allegedly stolen.

The suspects saw the police, ran to a vehicle and left the scene at a high rate of speed. Police pursued the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Keshan Branch, 42, drove the car onto the freeway in the wrong direction. The pursuit ended in the interest of public safety, a press release said. A short time later, the same vehicle was driving eastbound on Interstate 80, with the flow of traffic. Another attempt was made to stop the car.

Branch then led officers on a second, short, high-speed pursuit, exiting on Meridian Road and losing control as he tried to turn onto the overpass, police said. The vehicle hit a tree and Branch fled on foot.

Rosoce, a K-9 officer, found Branch hiding nearby bushes, police said. Branch allegedly tried to injure the K-9 before he was taken into custody, police said.

Branch, who is on active probation, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony evading, probation violations, assault on a police K-9, obstruction of a peace officer, driving with a suspended license, stolen vehicle and hit and run.

A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Melinda Collins, 30, was taken into custody without incident after the vehicle hit the tree. She is also on active probation, the press release said.

The car was reported stolen from Vallejo.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Vacaville Police Department at 449-5200.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • Reality CheckJune 28, 2014 - 5:34 am

    It's Ok Mr. Criminalghettoscum D.A. DuBrainless is still driving fairifled in the direction of Oakland stil and you will get let go with possible probation

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  • nonchalantJune 28, 2014 - 7:51 am


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  • GemmaJune 28, 2014 - 8:59 am

    @Reality Check-Exactly. I completely agree with you regarding the DA, though when I speak the truth on him and that office, my comments don't show up :-)

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  • JagJune 28, 2014 - 8:18 am

    It`s to bad that officer did not let his dog have about 3 minutes alone with this guy in the bush before (lets say) he caught up with his dog,

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  • JimboJune 28, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    ethics-noun 1.moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior. 2. the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

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  • BillJune 28, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Nice work Vacaville P.D.!

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  • Joseph D. JoyceJune 28, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    I speak the truth on him and I get attacked or one of his goons tries intimidating me into silence. 7 more months...

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