TUESDAY, JULY 30 ––– A 21-year-old Los Angeles resident started his Monday morning by allegedly brandishing a weapon at a jogger and ended it in Inyo County Jail, held without bail on multiple charges.
Tommy Courtney is being charged with armed robbery, brandishing a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, evading and parole violation.
According to a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Courtney was driving a red Mini Cooper about 6:30 a.m. when he passed a
female jogger headed south on Ed Powers Road. Courtney parked the Mini Cooper and approached the jogger wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun.
Bridgeport California Highway Patrol Officer John Nyland said the Mini Cooper was stolen and Courtney had been released on parole just two days prior to Monday’s incident.
The press release states that Courtney told the victim to lie down but was she was able to flag down the driver of a vehicle approaching from the south. The driver called 911. Courtney fled, eventually heading north on U.S 395.
California Highway Patrol and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office were notified and the Mini Cooper was spotted near Tom’s Place by Mono officers. A chase ensued, reaching speeds up to 120 mph, the press release states.
According to Nyland, Courtney attempted to exit the highway at the South Landing off-ramp at a speed estimated at 80 mph. He re-entered U.S. 395 on the on-ramp, side-swiped the guardrail and crashed.
Courtney attempted to flee on foot on the overpass, heading west toward the community of Crowley Lake. He was apprehended at gun point by Mono County sheriff’s deputies at 6:50 a.m. and transported to the Mono County jail in Bridgeport.
Courtney was brought back to Inyo County Jail where he was booked on felony charges.