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Palm Desert: Officers arrest two for vehicle theft after pursuit

Palm Desert police officers arrested two men on charges including carjacking, possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, and possession of stolen property around 9:00 a.m. today in the 7700 block of Country Club Drive after the men led them on a vehicle pursuit, according to a Sheriff’s official.

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Samuel Thomas Bradford, 33, of Thousand Palms and Ryan Lee Rusokoff, 36, of Palm Desert led officers on the pursuit after the officers unsuccessfully attempted to get them to stop the vehicle they were in,  according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.

Earlier that morning, officers responded to the area of Robin Road and Warner Trail in Palm Desert after receiving reports of suspicious people and a suspicious vehicle, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. David Teets.

With the help of California Highway Patrol fixed wing aircraft, officers began to establish a perimeter to find the subjects. It was at this time that Bradford and Rusokoff got into the  vehicle and fled the area. A record check revealed the vehicle was stolen, according to Teets.

After initiating the high speed pursuit, Bradford and Rusokoff abandoned the stolen vehicle in the 7700 block of Country Club Drive and then fled to an apartment complex, where they attempted to carjack a citizen by gunpoint but were interrupted by CHP officers, Teets said.

They again fled into the complex but were ultimately arrested without incident, according to the sergeant.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Prezell Burgie at 760-836-1600.

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