Man Accused of Threatening Shoppers Crashes After Short Pursuit

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A Fontana man was hospitalized briefly and arrested Friday after evading Glendora Police into San Dimas, where he crashed on the 57 freeway and ignited a small brush fire.

The man, Alexandre Mathew Bond, 39, was accused of making a death threat to passing customers around 9 a.m. in the Home Depot parking lot, 1305 S. Lone Hill Ave. After police terminated the pursuit, Bond crashed near the Covina Boulevard off ramp, igniting some brush and sustaining minor injuries.

Police responded to a call of suspicious circumstances at Home Depot around 9 a.m. A passing customer heard Bond making the alleged threats from a parked Nissan Maxima.

“He basically said it to one person who heard him and it was a generalized threat to everyone in the area,” said Sgt. Mike Henderson of Glendora Police.

A responding officer saw Bond who sped away west on Gladstone when the officer first arrived, initiating the pursuit. The suspect eventually entered the eastbound Interstate 210 freeway from Sunflower Avenue and transitioned to the southbound 57, Henderson said.

Due to Bond’s erratic driving and unsafe speed, the pursuit was terminated near Arrow Highway, Henderson said.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to the crash near the Covina Boulevard off ramp and notified Glendora Police that the crash was related to the earlier pursuit, Henderson said.

It was not immediately known how Bond crashed.

Firefighters were on scene to extinguish the fire. The fire’s size was not immediately known.

Bond was treated at San Dimas Community Hospital for a minor complaint of pain to one of his legs.

Bond was booked on suspicion of felony evading, grand theft auto, hit and run, stalking and resisting arrest. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The Maxima was an unreported stolen car from Hacienda Heights.

Bond is scheduled to appear in the West Covina Courthouse August 2.