On April 8, Walnut Creek Police Officers fielded a report of a disgruntled ex-employee at a downtown business who came back to his old job and was brandishing a firearm from his waistband, while threatening a current employee who was not on scene.
The suspect left and threatened he would return when his target came back to work. An investigation was initiated and the person of interest was identified. Friday, the ex-employee returned only this time he came with another subject who also displayed a firearm in his waistband. Both subjects harassed employees before leaving the business.
Walnut Creek Police Department officers were alerted to their location and efforts were made by day/swing/graveyard-shifts to apprehend the involved parties. When officers arrived near the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road and N. California Blvd. they spotted two subjects matching the suspect descriptions. Officers tried to make contact with them at BART and the two armed suspects ran from officers which initiated a short foot pursuit. While running, both suspects ditched their firearms in varying spots within the area. Both suspects were caught due to their inability to outrun our officers.
The two firearms were located in the flight path of the suspects. One loaded 9mm “Ghost Gun”, and one replica style BB gun were located and recovered at the scene.
Moris Ruiz-Canizales (21) of Antioch was arrested along with a 17-year-old juvenile from Pittsburg.
No other information was released.