At 9:32 a.m., active parolee/robbery suspect Manuel Berenjo, age 26, a resident of Chula Vista, entered La Bella's Pizza Garden on Third Avenue where he stole two six packs of beer. When the suspect was confronted by a restaurant employees he threatened them by saying he had a knife. Suspect Berenjo then ran from the business towards Memorial Park.
Restaurant employees called Chula Vista Police. Units arrived within minutes. The suspect was seen running from Memorial Park to a three story parking structure located at 340 "F" Street.
One officer gave chase on foot and a second officer in a patrol unit also pursued the suspect. The officers were several feet away from the suspect when they yelled for Berenjo to stop. Berenjo looked back at the officers before jumping from the uppermost floor of the parking structure in an attempt to evade police.
When the suspect struck the ground he sustained serious injuries to his leg and head. He was transported to UCSD Medical Center for treatment.
If you have additional information related to this case, please contact Detective T.A. Brown at the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5139.
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