BPD arrest 25-year-old suspect following pursuit: Local pleads not guilty, held on $120K bail

On Sept. 10, Blythe resident Raymondo Sharrod Woodard, 25, appeared at the Blythe branch Riverside County Superior Courhouse’s morning felony in-custody arraignment and plead not guilty to six filed felony charges including alleged violations of VC (Vehicle Code) section 2800.2, evading arrest; PC (Penal Code) section 496D(a), purchasing/receiving a stolen vehicle; PC section 29800(a)(1), convicted felon and narcotic addict owning or possessing a firearm; PC section 30305(a), possession firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person; PC section 25850(c)(2), carrying a loaded stolen firearm; and PC section 29815, probation restriction from owning/possessing/controlling a firearm.

Additionally, Woodard denied charge enhancements alleging violation of PC section 12022(a)(1), armed person with a firearm.

“On (Friday, Sept.) 6, 2019, at about 8:08 a.m. the Blythe Police Department received information that a stolen vehicle was traveling eastbound on Chanslorway being driven by a black male adult. Officers from the Blythe Police Department responded to the area of Chanslorway and 3rd St. and located the stolen vehicle traveling southbound on 3rd St.,” stated BPD’s incident report on Sept. 11. “Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver failed to yield and fled at a high rate of speed.”

Following a short high-speed chase, the pursued vehicle came to a stop behind a bar in east Blythe. The suspect bailed out of the vehicle, attempting to flee the area on foot.

“Officers were able to apprehend the driver of the vehicle, 25 year old Blythe resident, Raymondo Woodard,” stated BPD. “During the apprehension Woodard was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm. Woodard was booked into the Blythe Jail for an outstanding felony warrant for Robbery, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and several other felony charges.”

Woodard currently has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 24, following a morning felony settlement conference held on Sept. 17. The court’s ordered bail is set at $120,000.

“Anyone with information regarding this case or any other case is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273),” stated BPD.

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