Danville police nab Dublin man after chase

20-year-old accused of residential burglary in Greenbrook neighborhood

Danville police arrested a Dublin man who was caught by a police dog following a brief chase after he allegedly burglarized a home in the Greenbrook neighborhood Thursday morning.

Cristian Vargas-Ortega, 20, was charged with residential burglary, resisting arrest and having an outstanding arrest warrant from Marin County, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins.

He was due to be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility after receiving treatment for minor injuries sustained when he was apprehended, Simpkins said.

The situation began just after 9:35 a.m. when a resident called 9-1-1 from the area of Greenbrook Drive and Rock Island Circle after seeing an unfamiliar person leaving a neighbor's garage, according to Simpkins.

Officers arrived on scene minutes later and while searching the area on foot, they tried to contact a man on a nearby greenbelt who matched the burglar's description, Simpkins said.

"When officers approached, he fled on foot," the chief said. "The subject discarded items as he ran away." Simpkins said officers later determined those items were stolen in a residential burglary minutes earlier at a home in the 600 block of Western Star Place.

Continuing their search, officers from Danville and San Ramon police departments and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter, Simpkins said.

Danville police K-9 Rony and Officer Tyler Nelson found the man, later identified as Vargas-Ortega, around 10:40 a.m. hiding in the 200 block of St. Christopher Drive, according to police. "K-9 Rony was deployed and detained the suspect," Simpkins added.

Simpkins credited the help of the resident who initially called police as well as the assistance from local police agencies during the search.

"This was a team effort that allowed us to catch a burglar," he said. "Policing is a partnership with our community, and we appreciate the watchful eyes of our residents. We are also grateful for the assistance of the sheriff's office and the San Ramon Police Department."

Police continue to investigate the incident and anyone with information should contact Det. Sgt. Brian Sliger at 314-3700 or, according to Simpkins.

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Posted by NotALoser
a resident of San Ramon
on May 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

What a loser. This is why we should have three strikes, the death penalty, something meaningful. Otherwise this is a slap on the wrist and no lesson was learned. Loser!

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Posted by Jerry Buck
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

Kudos to the Danville Police and Sheriffs staff for an efficient and safe apprehension. Special thanks to Canine team who captured the suspect a few houses from our home on Saint Christopher Dr.

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