Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the incident began shortly before 3 p.m. when a Rancho Cordova patrol officer stopped a vehicle at Pedro and Luveta ways. Three people were in the vehicle and, two of the occupants, a male and a female were detained. The other individual, a passenger in the front seat identified as Esquivel, ran from the vehicle.
Esquivel ran through yards, jumping fences, and was tracked to an apartment complex in the 10700 block of Le Ann Drive, where he entered the residence of a woman believed to be an acquaintance. Ramos said the woman came out of the apartment and confirmed that Esquivel was inside.
Because Esquivel was on active parole and a known gang member, Ramos said a perimeter was established, the SWAT team was summoned and a number of apartments were evacuated as a precaution.
Esquivel hid inside the apartment and refused to come out, despite numerous commands and tactical measures by officers to get him to surrender, Ramos said. Finally, Esquivel tunneled through the wall into a neighboring apartment where he was taken into custody without further incident about 6:15 pm.
He was to be booked this evening, but Ramos said charges had not been announced. A decision also was pending regarding charges against the other two occupants of the vehicle, whose names have not been released.