California fugitive arrested in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY- Police arrested a man wanted for attempted murder and attempted kidnapping Saturday.
Police were investigating an unrelated theft around the 300 block of W. Ashley St. when they recognized a wanted subject from the state of California, according to a press release.
Police said the suspect, Steven Lopez is a known gang member.
After police saw Lopez sitting in a car, they referred to photos provided to them and then attempted make contact with Lopez. Police took him into custody after a brief chase.
The Visalia, California Police Department told JCPD to be on the lookout for the suspect because it believed Lopez had previously been in Missouri and, specifically, in the central Missouri area.
Police confirmed Lopez's identity by using his fingerprints after he was uncooperative about his identity, police said.
Lopez is currently being held for California authorities and a new charge.