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Reportedly armed felon arrested after chase through Grass Valley

A Loomis man wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and charges relating to felony domestic violence fled from local law enforcement Saturday afternoon, reportedly while armed with a handgun. The 23 year old was eventually located nearby after an extensive search, however.

The Roseville Police Department had issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory for Alexander Lee, who was wanted for an assault involving a male and female victim as well as for stalking and making terroristic threats, said Grass Valley Police Sgt. Clint Bates. Lee was reportedly known to frequent the Grass Valley and North San Juan areas, Bates said.

During a 7 a.m. briefing, Bates said, the BOLO was circulated along with a photograph of Lee and a video snapshot of his vehicle that included the license plate. A police officer spotted Lee’s vehicle on Colfax Avenue just outside the downtown core just before 3 p.m., Bates said. As the officer turned around to make a traffic stop, the vehicle reportedly pulled over and Lee fled into Diego’s restaurant.

“It was chaos,” said Diego’s co-owner Diane Robison, still emotional a day later.

A passenger in the vehicle was detained and ultimately found to not be involved, Bates said. Meanwhile, Lee was reported to have fled out the back of the restaurant, possibly armed with a handgun. A perimeter was set in the area and a yard to yard search began, involving officers from Grass Valley and Nevada City, as well as Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies.

Lee was eventually located in the 300 block of South Auburn Street and was arrested, Bates said. Roseville Police officers took Lee into custody and he was booked into Placer County Jail on charges of assault with a firearm, stalking, spousal abuse, making criminal threats, damaging a cell phone, and driving under the influence. His bail was set at just over $1 million.

According to Bates, Lee faces local charges of resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. No gun was recovered after the foot chase, although multiple witnesses saw Lee carrying a weapon, Bates said. That investigation is ongoing.

Lee has only one prior misdemeanor case in Nevada County, for driving under the influence in November 2018. He failed to appear for a December court date, according to court records. Yuba County court records show a 2017 felony case for spousal battery with a prior, and possession of a stun gun. He pleaded no contest to the spousal abuse and served 20 days, with three years probation.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at lizk@theunion.com.

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