Pasadena Nanny Injured in Police Pursuit Crash Home from Hospital, Gang Member Suspect Held Without Bail

Published : Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 5:40 AM

The 60-year-old nanny on her way home from work whose SUV was broadsided in Pasadena Thursday afternoon during a televised police pursuit was out of the hospital Friday while the self-described gang member suspect is being held without bail.

KTLA identified the victim as Ana Isabel Rodriguez, a mother of five. She was released from Huntington Hospital the day after the crash, her son, Oscar Oliva, told the station.

“I was thankful and grateful she has no broken bones, no lacerations. She’s just very bruised up and badly beaten up,” Oliva told KTLA. ”We just hope that (the suspect) does pay for what he’s done.”

Police said the suspect in a police pursuit which ended in a violent collision injuring a 60-year-old nanny is Fernando Octavio Frenes, 52, of Montebello. Bell Gardens Police photo

Authorities said Friday the suspect is parolee Fernando Octavio Frenes, 51, of Montebello.

Frenes was booked on suspicion of grand theft auto, felony hit-and-run, evading a peace officer and causing serious bodily injury, and violation of probation, Bell Gardens police said in a statement.

Police said the suspect was on probation under a Post Release Community Supervision Program following an assault conviction and was wanted for a parole violation at the time of the pursuit and collision.

Pasadena firefighters at Station 31 were watching the televised pursuit unfold on live television when the crash occurred. Aware of the possibility of danger, the firefighters had already prepared to roll and arrived at the crash scene immediately afterward.

From the time they arrived at the scene to when they extricated Rodriguez was only 14 minutes, Deputy Chief Bryan Frieders told Fox 11.

“Another example of excellent work by very diligent competent members of the Pasadena Fire Department,” Frieders told the station.

Frenes was driving a white Chevy Silverado reported stolen to Bell Gardens police on Thursday afternoon at 4:09 p.m. by the truck’s owner, who was tracking the vehicle with a GPS tracking system.

Bell Gardens police officers located the truck and attempted a traffic stop. The stolen Chevy failed to yield and the officers gave chase.

Frenes led Bell Gardens police on a 35-minute pursuit through the cities of Bell Gardens, Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, East L.A and Monterey Park, police said.

Due to public safety concerns, at approximately 4:51, Bell Gardens officers terminated the pursuit, but a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Air Unit continued to track the stolen Chevy.

Authorities said Frenes continued driving erratically though city streets and highways for an additional 30 minutes through the cities of Alhambra, South Pasadena and Pasadena as it was being tracked by the LASD helicopter.

The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit of the stolen Chevy on the 210 Freeway in West Pasadena.

The pursuit terminated at approximately 5:18 PM in the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd., and Holly Street when the stolen Chevy broadsided the SUV driven by Rodriguez.

Frenes was taken into custody by the CHP and Pasadena police without further incident.

The pursuit lasted for approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes. During the pursuit, the Frenes drove in excess of 90 miles per hour on city streets and highways and was involved in four separate traffic collisions, police said.

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