Stolen Car Pursuit And Arrest On Lake Murray

LA MESA -- Sunday morning calm was disrupted near Lake Murray Boulevard and Jackson Drive as police cruisers and helicopters swarmed into the area in pursuit of a stolen car.

The events happened after 8 a.m. and police stopped the car and pursued its occupants through the neighborhood.

Police report one of the suspects in custody and two others still at large.

Later in the morning, police issued a press release explaining officers had responded at approximately 8:00 a.m. to a radio call of a suspicious vehicle in the 4200 block of Lowell Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing three males dump a motorcycle and flee in a silver Honda Civic. As officers arrived, the suspect vehicle fled the location and failed to yield to officers. A vehicle pursuit ensued.

The pursuit continued northbound on Baltimore Drive into the City of San Diego where the suspect vehicle collided with a raised median and guardrail at Lake Aral and Lake Murray Blvd. The suspect vehicle was occupied by three males who fled on foot following the crash. San Dieog Police Department as well as the San Diego Sheriff's Department helicopter assisted La Mesa Police with the search for the suspects. One of the suspects was apprehended as he tried to flee the scene. The other two suspects are still at large. A follow-up investigation by La Mesa police revealed both the motorcycle and the Honda Civic were stolen vehicles. No officers were injured during the pursuit.

Boone Blankatz, 26, was arrested and booked at San Diego County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and on an outstanding felony warrant. 

The other suspects are described as:

• Suspect #1 is a white male adult, 20’s, 5’6, 180 lbs., wearing a white shirt.
• Suspect #2 is a white male adult, 20’s, wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.


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Comment by Connie Govier, Glass Artist on July 21, 2013 at 9:54am

Thanks for posting this.  I was wondering why the helicopters were swarming and can never understand what they're saying on the loudspeaker.

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