Jeffery McInturff’s public Facebook page lists “high speed chases” as his favorite sport.
Late Wednesday morning, despite a search featuring a helicopter, multiple agencies and police dogs, the armed robbery suspect, 25, apparently evaded officers for the second time in three days.
As of Wednesday night, the Lodi High School grad and Lockeford resident was still at large. Police consider him armed and dangerous.
Wednesday’s pursuit began shortly before 10 a.m., when McInturff was allegedly spotted in Acampo by regional law enforcement officers, said Deputy Les Garcia of the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s deputies, the California Highway Patrol and the Delta Regional Auto Theft Task Force took part in the two-hour pursuit that was called off around noon.
McInturff ditched his vehicle on a dirt road behind Clements Ranch, a general store and produce market on East Highway 88, and was able to slip away undetected, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.
It is apparently the second time in three days he has evaded police during a pursuit.
Monday night, a suspect who may have been McInturff slipped the Lodi Police Department and San Joaquin Sheriff’s deputies during a vehicle pursuit through area vineyards near Armstrong Road and Curry Avenue.
That chase took place after an armed robbery at the Subway on Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane, said Detective Eric Bradley of the Lodi Police Department.
During that pursuit, officers were chasing a car the same color and model as the one found Wednesday, but Bradley would not confirm if it was the same vehicle because it was lacking a license plate.
The Subway robbery is still under investigation and it’s not clear at this time if McInturff is responsible, Bradley said.
McInturff is wanted for allegedly brandishing a weapon at the Starbucks on Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane on Sunday morning; he is also suspected of robbing The Fashion Depot on Kettleman Lane early Sunday evening.
His car, a late-’90s Toyota Corolla, was found abandoned on a dirt road behind Clements Ranch after the pursuit. His medical insurance identification card and a business card from a Stockton parole agent were among the items left on the driver’s seat.
The word “Lockeford” was scrawled across the hood and steering wheel, and SS Lightning Bolts behind a white skull were painted on the dashboard. The symbol is commonly associated with Neo Nazi and White Supremacist gangs.
McInturff is roughly 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds, police said. He has horns tattooed on the sides of his head, Bradley said.
Anyone with information on the robberies is urged to call the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727 or Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-333-6771.
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