Mail theft suspects remain in custody after OC chase ends in Downey

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Friday to the 25000 block of Buckboard Lane in the Nellie Gail neighborhood after residents reported seeing two male suspects taking mail from their mailboxes, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The Honda was speeding along Alicia Parkway toward the Santa Ana (5) Freeway but failed to yield when deputies who attempted a traffic stop and the chase was on, according to Hallock.

"The suspect vehicle traveled northbound Interstate 5 and on surface streets through the cities of Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana and Anaheim before getting back onto the freeway,'' Hallock said.

The chase finally ended when the Honda stopped near Lakewood Boulevard and Florence Avenue in Downey, where the driver, identified as 45-year-old David Brown, and his wife, 55-year-old Jessica Brown, and another passenger, 22-year-old Corey Richardson, were taken into custody after brief foot chases,
Hallock said.

They were arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and felony evading.David Brown remained in custody in lieu of $165,000 bail, his wife Jessica in lieu of $20,000 bail and Richardson in lieu of $33,500 at the Orange County Jail. Their respective court appearances have been slated for Tuesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Inmate Information.

"Investigators are continuing to inventory the vehicle and items located inside, to determine the suspect's connection to the crimes in Laguna Hills as well as other jurisdictions.''