San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: March 20, 2016 / 1940 hours

INCIDENT: VC 2800.2 Felony Evading

LOCATION: Highland Avenue and California Street, San Bernardino

SUSPECT(S): Giovanni Benavides (27) and Jesse Bravo (26), San Bernardino Residents

VICTIM(S): State of California


On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Sergeant Garcia, from the Sheriff’s Central Station, conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota sedan for Vehicle Code violations.As Sergeant Garcia approached the vehicle, the vehicle fled the scene.Sgt. Garcia activated his overhead lights and siren, but the vehicle continued to evade, turning south on Medical Center Drive.The passenger, later identified as Jesse Bravo,jumped out of the vehicle as it was moving, and fled on foot.The driver, identified as Giovanni Benavides, drove away north on Medical Center Drive and continued to evade deputies at a high rate of speed.Bravo was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit and found to have thrown a bag containing a large sum of U.S. currency.Benavides was captured a short time later by Deputy L. Sandoval.Both subjects each had $1,000,000.00 warrants for drug trafficking.They were arrested and booked into Central Detention Center.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Central Station at (909) 387-3545.Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the website at


Refer:Sergeant A. Garcia

Station:Central Station

Phone No.(909) 387-3545

Case No.011601327

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700