Hit-run Suspect Dressed in Trash Bag Gets Wedged Between Mall Buildings
A man suspected of leading the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase and fleeing the scene of a crash in San Jose became wedged between two buildings Wednesday night and had to be extricated by firefighters, according to police and fire officials.
The man, identified as Arturo Aguilar Corona, 32, was wearing only a trash bag after allegedly ditching his clothes at the scene of the collision and getting jammed in an 18-inch space between the Orchard Supply Hardware and a second store located at Capitol Expressway and Aborn Road, according to police. He fell about 10 to 15 feet from the roof in the back of the shopping center into a very small space between the two buildings.
At about 2 a.m. San Jose police called firefighters to the Orchard Supply Hardware at 1751 Capitol Expressway, near Aborn Road, to get the man out, according to fire Capt. Reggie Williams. The urban search and rescue team used ropes which were tied to the man’s wrists and ladders to hoist him back to the roof, Williams said.
The rescue took about 90 minutes.
Corona called 911 and said he became stuck after being chased by two men armed with knives, according to San Jose police Lt. Mike Sullivan. But police say the man had been involved in a high-speed pursuit with the CHP, a chase officers called off once the suspect hit city streets.