Update: Benicia Police Say They've Arrested Shooting Suspect

An American Canyon man is in custody, police said Sunday morning.

This story will be updated shortly with details about the arrest.

By Bay City News

Law enforcement officers from several Bay Area agencies were searching for a man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with a Benicia police officer and carjacked a vehicle Saturday night, a police lieutenant said.

Around 6:55 p.m. Saturday, an officer stopped the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Robert Flores Folster of American Canyon, for a minor traffic violation, said Benicia police Lt. Scott Przekurat.

The officer learned through a DMV check on the vehicle's license plate that the car had been reported stolen.

The suspect then sped away from the patrol car, prompting a short chase. Police said Folster turned into Tyne Court with the officer following closely behind.

As the suspect vehicle turned to exit the court, Folster allegedly fired several shots at the patrol car, police said.

Przekurat said the officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect, but that neither was hit.

A short time later, police located the suspect vehicle parked just blocks from where the gunfire had erupted, but Folster was nowhere in sight.

Officers from the Vallejo Police Department, the Solano County Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol assisted in combing the area, but even with the help of a CHP helicopter and police K-9s, were unable to locate the suspect.

Police later spotted a female who was with Folster at the time of the shooting driving the suspect vehicle and arrested her.  According to Sgt. Damiean Sylvester, police are not yet releasing the name of the woman who was arrested.

During the search for Folster, a man matching his description carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Highlands Condominiums complex at 900 Cambridge Drive, police said.

The suspect drove that car to the edge of the parking lot but parked it and fled on foot after seeing that police patrol cars were blocking off the area.

Officers from multiple agencies again searched the area extensively but did not find Folster.

Police say the suspect is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds with brown eyes and hair. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Benicia police detectives have obtained a $1 million arrest warrant for Folster and along with other agencies, were continuing their search for the 22-year-old early this morning.

"We're doing everything we can to find him," Przekurat said.

Anyone who sees the suspect is encouraged to keep their distance from him and to call 911 immediately.

Those with information about Folster's whereabouts are urged to contact Benicia police at (707) 745-3412 or to provide an anonymous tip with a potential reward by calling Solano County Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867.

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Karen LaRiviere July 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Babaloo I am assuming you are responding to Bruno but I did notice something in my previous post that might have been confusing - "There used to be a modicum of restraint when it came to SHOOTING AT police officers . . ." My dad and brother were/are police officers back east - they said it's just as bad there so this is a much bigger problem and a frightening one, everywhere.
shirley york July 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM
i am just asking if anyone knows about this,can u please update so i will know if anyone checked on my 911 call......thanks u so much
Bubba July 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
sign of the times people, BPD thank you, the bullets were close the officers head, yikes combat attire going forward. Be safe out there
Lori Cannon July 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
As a former resident of Benicia who had to move to Vallejo because the Highlands Condo I was renting where it all started was short saled to an investor (majority of last 30 short sales on that property were sold to investors that are not citizens)....WAKE UP...citizens of Vallejo are not on the streets after 8pm ....it's like we are under Marshall Law without it being declared....and to all you lovely racists leaving your nasty racist comments behind....I still believe you are the minority :-)
J July 16, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Not sure how this is related to the what the topic of this particular article is about... But it is quite possible they didnt ask you for this information because they already had it. Also, had they needed to get more information from you later, they could simply just call you back. I am surprised you would question if anyone had checked on your 911 call... of course they would! They even told you the police were on the way! We have some of the best officers in Solano County working in Benicia... rest assured they are 10 steps ahead of everyone else and are on top of it. I own a scanner and heard this go out, the driver was located in the Burger King lot and was on probation for DUI. CHP was requested because this incident was related to something that had occured on the freeway. Benicia PD handed the case over to CHP who took the investigation.


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