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Burbank officer inadvertently finds NorCal homicide suspect after vehicle collision in Sylmar

Burbank officer inadvertently finds NorCal homicide suspect after vehicle collision in Sylmar
A Burbank police officer discovered a homicide suspect wanted in Sacramento County at the scene of a vehicle collision on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar on Wednesday. (Burbank Leader)

A traffic collision on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar on Wednesday led a Burbank police officer to inadvertently encounter a fleeing homicide suspect from Northern California.

The officer was on the freeway near Hubbard Street sometime around 7:30 a.m. when a collision with several vehicles occurred. While checking the license plates of the cars involved, the officer discovered one of the drivers was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Sacramento.

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Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department, said the male occupant suddenly left his vehicle and fled on foot.

Officers from the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department were called in to help with his capture.

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The man was eventually arrested a short distance away, near Foothill Boulevard and Sayre Street.

The suspect was later identified as 38-year-old Miguel Romo.

Sgt. Shaun Hampton, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said in a statement the homicide Romo was allegedly involved with took place several hours before the collision.

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The sheriff’s department received a call around 1:35 a.m. about a woman who had been shot at a Sacramento shopping center in the 5800 block of Antelope Road. The woman suffered at least one gunshot wound to her upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Romo is currently being held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail and was on parole for an unknown offense at the time of the murder.

Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m.: This article was updated with information about the man involved in the collision.

This article was originally published on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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