Suspected Thieves Arrested After Climbing Down Side of Santa Ana Hotel

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Two men suspected of stealing beer were arrested after they attempted to flee police officers by climbing down the side of a hotel in Santa Ana, authorities said Sunday.


Police officers attempt to rescue one of the men, Santa Ana, Nov. 23, 2013 (Credit: KTLA)

The drama unfolded around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Embassy Suites near the 55 Freeway and Dyer Road, according to a statement from the Santa Ana Police Department.

The men were wanted for allegedly stealing beer from a nearby Mobile gas station, according to police.

A gas station clerk followed the men to the Embassy Suites and called police.

With help from hotel management, officers tracked Gabriel Anthony Sauceda, 22, and Chad Alexander Walker, 20, to a party on the 10th floor, police said.

As officers entered the room, Sauceda and Walker fled through a window and climbed down the side of the hotel, police said.

Witnesses compared the men’s attempted getaway to something out of a Spiderman movie.

Sauceda broke his leg in several places and had to be plucked from the side of the building, police said.


Chad Alexander Walker, left, and Gabriel Anthony Sauceda, right, were arrested in Santa Ana (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

Firefighters were called in, and could be seen using a ladder to rescue Sauceda.

Both men were taken to the Orange County jail and booked for burglary, according to police.

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