Newport Beach Police Department
According to multiple news sources,Thomas Ueno has been taken into custody by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Reports state that the arrest occurred in Cerritos just over one hour ago.
Mr. Ueno was the driver who led multiple agencies, including Huntington Park Police Department and the CHP, on a slow-speed pursuit through several Orange County cities yesterday. The pursuit ended in Newport Beach, where NBPD provided traffic control assistance to the pursuing agencies. After his hostages – a woman and two small children – were released to law enforcement, Mr. Ueno fled the scene on foot and evaded capture.
The NBPD then assumed the role of lead agency in the search for the suspect, but was unable to bring him into custody in our city. We extend our thanks to all agencies that assisted in the search for Mr. Ueno.