Police capture man suspected of attempted murder

Police capture man suspected of attempted murderBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

After a four-day search, Ridgecrest Police Department officers caught up to a Ridgecrest man suspected of firing shots into a house in the 800 block of West Moyer Avenue on Friday, April 24.

According to an RPD press release, officers arrived at the residence Friday afternoon in response to reports of “loud banging and possible gunshots.” Officers interviewed the resident who said he was sitting in his living room when three bullets were fired into his home.

The unnamed resident reportedly went outside after the gunfire stopped where he saw the suspect, who he recognized as Zachary Grantland, 28, get in a red-colored Ford Mustang and flee the scene.

On Tuesday afternoon, April 28, RPD detectives tracked down Grantland to the Oyo Hotel where they suspect he was avoiding capture. Detectives Erik Hallmark and Cory Rinaldi, along with Sergeants Bill Groves and Ryan Marrone, responded to the hotel where Grantland reportedly fled southbound on China Lake Boulevard, scaling fences and walls in an effort to evade police.

Officers caught up to Grantland after a foot pursuit and he was arrested for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm and ammunition as a felon and resisting arrest. Court details were not available at press time.

Story First Published: 2020-05-01