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Edward D. Asis, left, appears in court Monday with attorney Marjaneh Maroufi, right. (Jess Sullivan/Daily Republic)


Suspect in chase that left deputy injured, pleads not guilty

By From page A5 | January 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD — One of two suspects who was in a high-speed chase with a Solano County sheriff’s deputy that ended with a crash and the deputy seriously injured pleaded not guilty Monday to four felony charges.

Edward D. Asis, 27, was ordered to return to court Feb. 13 to schedule a probable cause hearing for his case.

Authorities believe Asis was behind the wheel of a stolen car, along with Desiree B. Bello, 20, when Deputy Rick Mroz spotted them along Highway 12 on the evening of Jan. 1. A brief high-speed chase ended at the intersection of Highway 12 and Pennsylvania Avenue, where Mroz lost control of his patrol car and hit a light pole.

Mroz suffered two broken legs and a fractured pelvis in the crash. He is steadily recovering from his injuries, a sheriff’s official said.

Bello and Asis, whose car was disabled near where Mroz crashed, were captured by Fairfield police and sheriff’s deputies shortly after the crash.

Asis posted bail shortly after his arrest. Bello remains locked up at the Solano County jail. She has previously pleaded not guilty to a single count of possessing stolen property and is expected to be back in court Feb. 12.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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