Alleged Burglars Charged in Break-in and Ensuing Pursuit That Ended in Fatal Crash in City of Industry

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies respond to the scene of a deadly pursuit crash in the City of Industry on May 31, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

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Three suspected burglars accused of triggering a fatal car crash while trying to evade sheriff’s deputies in the City of Industry were charged Friday with multiple felonies.

The alleged getaway driver, 35-year-old Anthony Marcel Quisenberry, was charged with murder, first-degree residential burglary and assault upon a peace officer, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Quisenberry has several previous convictions, including first-degree residential burglary in 2000 and 2005, identity theft in 2003 and conspiracy to commit a crime in 2005, according to charging documents.

His two co-defendants, Charles Archer Allen, 32, and Michael Vincent Smyer, 26, were each charged with one count of first-degree residential burglary. Quisenberry, Allen and Smyer also have previous burglary convictions, the release stated.

The current charges stem from an incident on May 31, when a witness called 911 to report two men had kicked in the door of a Hacienda Heights home. The caller also stated that a black Chevrolet Camaro was parked nearby, Deputy DA Marie Cox stated.

When deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the home, they saw the black Camaro leaving the neighborhood and a pursuit ensued, according to Cox.

In the course of the chase, the Camaro allegedly struck a passing vehicle in the City of Industry, killing driver 66-year-old Rojelio Gonzalez, the release stated.

Following the crash, Quisenberry, Allen and Smyer all tried to get away on foot but were later apprehended by deputies, according to the prosecutor.

The defendants were scheduled to be arraigned Friday, but their court appearance was continued to June 8.

If convicted as charged, Quisenberry faces a maximum possible sentence of 31 years to life in state prison, while Allen faces 14 years and Smyer 17 years in state prison.

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