North Hills man arraigned on pursuit charge

Detective Elliot Uribe and Deputy Jonathan Wilson search a white Toyota Celica as Deputy Javier Guzman makes his way to the front of the car after a pursuit ended on Newhall Avenue at 15th Street near Hart High School on Aug. 3. Austin Dave/The Signal

An unemployed North Hills man arrested Friday after he was pursued through Newhall by deputies who had been staking out a fast food restaurant was scheduled to appear in court today.

Jose Cortez, 27, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court.

“Case PA091394 charges Jose Amadeo Cortez with one felony count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly,” Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, said Tuesday.

Cortez was arrested near 15th Street in Newhall shortly before noon Friday.

“He (suspect) was wanted for kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon charges, and for a multitude of other crimes,” Lt. Leo Bauer of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Friday. “He informed his victim that he was going to kidnap her from work.”

Once deputies learned of the threat, they moved in on the McDonald’s Restaurant at Valencia Boulevard and Bouquet Canyon Road.

“We scooped up the victim and set up a stakeout,” Bauer said. “The people at work already knew he was coming.”

When the suspect arrived at the restaurant, he took off in his car, travelling southbound on Railroad Avenue.

The suspect reached speeds of 65 mph, until he arrived at 14th Street, where he turned right.

“It was a pursuit,” Bauer said, noting the pursuit led deputies onto 11th Street and onto Newhall Avenue near 15th Street, where the suspect was ordered out of the car, and to lie face down on the ground.

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