Shoplifting suspects injure police during getaway attempt

Men wanted on suspicion of shoplifting two bottles of vodka from a San Francisco Safeway fled in a getaway car that struck and injured a cop and plowed into two parked police cruisers early Saturday.

The suspects recklessly fled despite having no warrants for their arrest and nothing illegal in their car aside from the stolen vodka, San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said Monday.

“I guess they just wanted to go to jail,” Esparza said.

Alleged madman driver Aldo Fiorentini Jr.. 23, of Antioch and suspected shoplifter Jefferson Ostolaza, 23, of San Francisco were arrested in Daly City shortly after the rampage, Esparza said.

The injured cop was hospitalized with non life threatening injuries.

The madness occurred around 2:20 a.m.  An employee at the Safeway in the 4900 block of Mission pointed out a suspect, alleged to be Ostolaza, as two cops entered the grocery store, Esparza said.

The employee pointed at his waistband, signaling that Ostolaza had concealed something. Ostolaza hopped into the passenger side of a vehicle while holding onto the front of his pants, police said.

Fiorentini, Ostolaza and a backseat passenger who wasn't charged allegedly refused multiple police commands to exit the car. The driver started the engine and put the car in drive. Fearing they’d be run over, one of the cops smashed the driver’s side window with her flashlight, police said. The shattered glass injured that officer.

The driver accelerated and lost control, plowing into two marked cop cars parked on the street, police said. When the cops ran toward the scene, Fiorentini reversed suddenly, then drove forward directly at a cop. The officer was struck, flung onto the hood of the car, and then tumbled to the ground as the Camero sped off, Esparza said.

A cop in Daly City pulled over the suspects after watching them speed and run a stop sign in a Camero with front-end damage.  The cop called San Francisco police and learned of the Safeway incident, Esparza said.

The bottles of vodka were recovered from the backseat of the Camero. A witness positively identified Fiorentini and Ostolaza as the suspects, police said.

Fiorentini was booked into jail on a flurry of charges including assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit-and-run, resisting arrest causing injuries to officers and conspiracy, Esparza said.

Ostolaza was booked for burglary, robbery and conspiracy, the police spokesman added.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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