Police ID two suspects who allegedly shot at police in pursuit


Menlo Park police Thursday identified two suspects who were arrested after allegedly firing shots at officers during a pursuit Wednesday evening.

Haloti Lauese, 22, of East Palo Alto, and Shawn Thomas, 19, of Sunnyvale, were arrested following an incident that began around 5 p.m. Wednesday in Fremont, where police responded to a home invasion robbery reported in the 39800 block of Fremont Boulevard.

The suspects were allegedly armed and fired shots during the robbery, Fremont police said.

The suspects fled but officers found them on state Highway 84 and a pursuit ensued across the Dumbarton Bridge with assistance from Newark police, according to Fremont police.

Shots were fired at Newark and Fremont police officers in the 1300 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park, according to Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

A Newark police patrol car was struck by the gunfire but the officers were not injured and did not return fire, Acker said.

Three suspects fled on foot into a business park and two, Lauese and Thomas, were apprehended.

The third suspect, described as a black man with a skinny build wearing dark-colored pants and a light-colored sweatshirt, had not been found as of Thursday morning, police said.

Two firearms were also recovered in connection with the incident, Acker said.

Lauese was booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, evading police officers, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and probation violation, police said.

Thomas was handed over to the custody of Fremont police to face possible charges for crimes there, police said.

Anyone with information about the case, including the whereabouts of the third suspect, is encouraged to call Menlo Park police at (650) 330-6300.

Anonymous tips can be called in to (650) 330-6395.

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