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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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Babaloo July 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
He must have thought he was playing a video game. Hope they get this NUT soon....and give him a big hug that he needs.
courtney carson July 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Lets hope VPD are the ones to come across him and just take him out.
Bruno July 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
My thought is that desperate people in distress are difficult to communicate to, not to mention I have no experience in the area… I think police officers deserve recognition for serving their communities in these difficult times, not for "killing" people. My thought is to engage the friends/family members to encourage a non-violent closure to this situation. What a vicious comment to make about the VPD; I have read numerous articles regarding the recent violence resulting in death - a seventeen year old who was “robbing for money.” The sad fact is that the violence is increasing; the economics and well-being of many are not being addressed. Is there a stimulus for promoting communication skills within the policing communities versus “violence”? Training in conflict situations would be preferable to a “take them out” mentality; death in not the only answer.
Karen LaRiviere July 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
That comment may have come from the fact that there have been so many officer involved shootings in Vallejo in just the last month or so, but the VPD said they have never been in so many situations, so close together where criminals have no regard for police or authority and are now shooting randomly. There used to be at least a modicum of restraint when it came to police officers unless they were dealing with a really hardened criminal. Now they are seeing even teenagers and this 22 year old who apparently think nothing of shooting at law enforcement officers. That, is extremely frightening. Let's hope this is just a random period of short term insanity and not the start of a trend. Thank you to the officers who put their lives on the line every day, especially this new officer. This is not the welcome greeting most Benicians would want for you but we are grateful you are safe while keeping us all safe.
Robert Livesay July 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Bruno when it is an act of desperation you could be right. Last time I heard the police do not hold up type of sign up. There is a reason a police officer is armed and trained. What we see happening all over is a way of life. That is what they do. When cornered they know what the penalty will be. They have a weapon and use it, but there big problem is they are facing a better trained officer and now they are at a disadvantage. No crime no death. You fire at a police officer your chances have just been reduced a great deal. No time for asking questions.
David Rowley July 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Still waiting for the update to this story. If a statement was made about the suspect being in custody at 7am, why is it nearly 11am without an update? The whole differentiator of news outlets like Patch is that we can get faster updates to local news items than we can through more traditional means.
Lori Cannon July 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Like I said Benicia is just a zip code away from Vallejo...we are all connected...try saying hello to your next door neighbor when you see them next time...our economy and cuts to our people who serve the people should be viewed with scorn instead of a smirk
"The Black Panther of Poetry" July 15, 2012 at 07:24 PM
And look at the young man. He is a handsome and looks like an intelligent young man. When are we, the adults going to look at the other three fingers that are pointing back at us. Do we not have a dog in this fight? Does some of the blame not fall back on us as a society. I believe so and if we continue with this "Ostrich with his head" approach to the ailments in our Society; if we don't believe...then we will continue to bleed!!!
Jason July 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Didn't even have to read the article to know he was from Vallejo.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" July 15, 2012 at 07:35 PM
American dream(nightmare) Dreams are a disease to the poor boys spirit killing listen, you can't hear it spreading malignantly all over his soul devouring his hopes his achievements his goals So what, he will live to be a happy old man but what of his dreams he's an American
Jason July 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Really? Looks like just another low-life thug to me. I'm sure his "auntie" will be on the news soon talking about how he's such a good boy.
Jason July 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/police-arrest-man-who-shot-benicia-police-officer/nPtJH/
shirley york July 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
hi, i called 911 around 3:45 a.m. on saturday morning. there was a white car that flew past me,then a little further down the road this car was wrecked and their were car parts all over,with the fender laying there. and i drove into a huge cloud of smoke and gas fumes. as i drove shortly to the right of me i saw the car on the side of the rode. i pulled over to check on the person driving,they saw me and took off,but the car could barely move, i followed the car pulled into columbus pkwy. i told all of this to 911 operator, she said police were on the way....i am just curious as to what happened after all this..p.s. 911 never asked what color the car was or what the driver looked like...i thought this was strange.....
Jason July 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Of course not. If the person was other-than-white, then you and the operator would both be racists. Given the statistical odds that s/he was not white, it's better to just ignore the problem and keep our heads buried in the sand as Bobby laments above so the controlling political parties can continue to write off the majority vote and focus on pandering to the minority one.
Babaloo July 15, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Um,,wait till this piece of garbage comes into your home with a loaded gun and shoots . what are you gonna say,,,oh,,please,,lets talk about this,,,,"how are you feeling right now ?.....ARE YOU NUTTS,,,dude shot at a Police Officer. if he is going to do that he is not gonna care who he shoots...so your thoughts are admirable,,,but let whomever deal with him appropriately.
Babaloo July 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM
bobby is a "piece"...ignore his rhetoric.....dude was from American Canyon,,,( North Vallejo ),,,so close...secondly,,no matter who or what ..his auntie ,,"he is a such a good boy",,,"he was shooting because he was scared"..." in my country we do this "....what ever the excuse it is NEVER good enough......
Robert Livesay July 15, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Bobby society has nothing to do with this. Why was he even carrying a gun. Was he afraid some non criminal was after him. No, he is the criminal and that is what criminals do. Rob, steal, cheat and shoot people. Society has nothing to do with it. Put them all in the mojave desert in a tent for about five years. It might get their attention.
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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