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Suspect arrested after allegedly ramming two police vehicles, injuring officer

Police arrested a 24-year-old San Francisco man Wednesday night after he allegedly rammed two police vehicles and injured an officer.

The incident took place shortly after 9:30 p.m. when San Francisco police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle linked to multiple auto burglaries in the Grant Avenue and Green Street area.

Police say officers located the stolen vehicle and attempted to pull the suspect over in a traffic stop, but the driver fled — a description of the vehicle was quickly broadcast over radio. Other officers located at Union and Montgomery streets noticed the suspect vehicle exiting the dead end, at which time the suspect allegedly rammed a marked police vehicle. He reportedly continued driving on to Alta and Montgomery streets where he rammed a second police vehicle, injuring an officer in the collision.

Police say the suspect, identified as Robert Sonza, then fled on foot and police ran after him. He was located at Pacific Avenue and Beckett Street and taken into custody. Police say they discovered a “large capacity ammunition magazine” during a search of the stolen vehicle.

Sonza was arrested on 12 charges, most packed with multiple counts. Among the plethora of charges are possession of stolen property, assault, hit-and-run and reckless evading. The suspect was transported to San Francisco County Jail where he was booked.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. Tips can be made anonymously.

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