A Fresno man arrested Sunday after he allegedly rammed a sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle with a stolen ATV was booked on nine felony counts, including weapons charges, assault with a deadly weapon, evading an officer and receiving stolen property, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said Monday. Botti said that Nhia Vang, 34, is a well-known ATV thief.
Vang, 34, was arrested along with passenger Kou Lee, 28, Sunday evening after a pursuit that ended on a canal bank at Del Rey and Shields avenues. The chase started when the deputy tried to stop the pair because they were not wearing helmets and ended about six minutes later when the pair ran after crashing into the patrol truck. Vang was arrested after he was caught by a sheriff’s dog. Lee was detained by a homeowner.
Botti said auto theft detectives searched Vang’s home in the 4200 block of East McKenzie Avenue and discovered 34 marijuana plants, five stolen guns, a stolen racing ATV valued at $10,000 and ATV parts. Vang is also a suspect in a Wednesday ATV theft in the 1000 block of East Malaga Avenue, where the owner and the thieves reportedly exchanged gunfire and the suspects’ truck crashed into a canal near Central and Cherry avenues. The auto theft detectives identified Vang as the driver of the truck.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.