Authorities this week recovered a stolen California National Guard Humvee after a dramatic car chase in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Officials received an alert Tuesday morning that a man, later identified as 34-year-old Anthony Stabile, was said to have been shot in an unoccupied utility truck in California’s Sonoma County before driving away. in the Humvee, which has been missing since this summer, according to a release from the California Highway Patrol and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
“Stabile refused to pull over and began a pursuit,” the release said, leading law enforcement on a climactic chase that ended after they used spike strips to puncture the Humvee’s tires. . Stabile, who was described as homeless, was taken into custody without incident, the release said.
The Humvee, which was reported missing from a Santa Rosa-based armory in July, was returned to the National Guard on Tuesday, Lt. Col. Brandon Hill, a spokesman for the California Military Department, confirmed to Military Times. The Santa Rosa Armory is home to the California Army National Guard’s 579th Engineering Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, he said.
Stabile was arraigned Thursday, according to Rob Dillion, spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. He added that the investigation is ongoing. It is unclear at this time if Stabile is the same individual who first stole the Humvee or if he has a military service background.
“Stabile was arrested on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants, driving on a suspended license, driving without an interlock device, and the following crimes: loaded firearm in public, shooting at unoccupied vehicle, fire gun from a vehicle, vandalism, unlawful possession of a firearm, a loaded unregistered firearm, auto theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and eluding,” the release said.
He is being held on an estimated $1 million bail.