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Brief Santa Rosa chase ends in arrest in Costco parking lot

A report of a man driving around the South Park neighborhood Monday afternoon pointing a gun at people turned into a brief chase that ended with the driver arrested in the Costco parking lot.

A resident reported that a man driving a gray BMW in the area of Milton Street and wearing a bandana over his face pointed a shotgun at someone, according to Santa Rosa police.

Police spotted the vehicle on Colgan Avenue, and the driver fled. He didn’t get far.

Soon after turning south on Santa Rosa Avenue, the man crashed into a bus stop, and ran from the car into the Costco parking lot, where officers quickly arrested him, police said. A pellet rifle was found in the car.

Anderson Ismael Lopez-Padilla, 22, of Santa Rosa, was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of several crimes, including brandishing a replica firearm, evading a police officer, reckless driving, violation of probation, and hit-and-run.

-Kevin McCallum

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