Police in Massachusetts recognized and chased a man accused of running over a state trooper's foot, eventually arresting him in Westwood, where he was found applying for a job at an electronics store.
State police say 26-year-old Jose Jiminez of Lawrence fled after being stopped in Brockton last Thursday, running over the foot of a trooper who was approaching his Toyota Camry. A trooper recognized Jiminez Tuesday while driving on Route 24 northbound. He allegedly refused to stop again, and police chased him onto I-93 south, then onto I-95 north. Police say they stopped chasing him after he exited on University Avenue in Westwood, but that they kept searching for him.
The Camry was found abandoned, and a witness told police they saw a man run into the Osprey Wireless store on University Avenue. Police found him inside — applying for a job — and took him into custody.
"He came to the back door, very nonchalant," said Jeff Maron, the owner of Osprey Wireless. "My service manager was standing there. He said, 'Are you guys hiring?'"
Maron says Jimenez showed no signs of running from police.
"We shake hands. I mean, he wasn't sweaty, it was like you just walking in, it was fine," recounted Maron. "So I said to Beverly I says get me an application."
Surveillance video shows Jimenez chatting with Maron's wife, Beverly, who is also the office receptionist, then heading into the owner's office, where he started to fill out an application.
Later, a manager came to the door and summoned Maron into the hallway.
"He said, 'Get out of your office.' I said, 'Why?' He said 'Get out of your office now,'" Maron said.
And then police walked in.
"They come in and they go, 'You didn't think we wouldn't find you, did you?' I don't know what his reply was, but they had their guns drawn, and they struggled a little bit and out they went."
Jimenez was inside the store for 10 to 15 minutes before police arrived.
He'll be arraigned on several charges Wednesday.