Police ask for public’s help finding man who led East Haven car chase
EAST HAVEN — Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 20-year-old man who they say led a chase in a stolen car Sunday but managed to escape from officers several times.
The man, Jonathan Diaz-Moore, was driving a gray BMW that had been stolen from West Haven a few days earlier when he passed Officer Jon Trinh on Sunday, who identified the car using a license plate reader, police said.
Shortly after, another officer saw the car on Saltonstall Parkway and tried to pull it over, but Diaz-Moore ignored the officer and fled into Branford, police said. East Haven officers, assisted by Branford police, continued chasing the BMW but stopped when it hit another car at the intersection of West Main Street and Short Beach Road.
The car headed back into East Haven, where officers would later find it unoccupied in the middle of Frontage Road underneath the I-95 overpass. Police said they found the car’s passenger, Theresa Cogdell, in the area of Pardee Place shortly after.
Cogdell, 19, tried to run from police but was taken into custody shortly after. She was charged with third-degree larceny and interfering with an officer.
State police who were helping to find the second suspect later saw Diaz-Moore on Pardee Place, where he led the troopers on a chase through several backyards before they lost sight of him, police said. They later found Diaz-Moore again in the area of the 510 Main Street apartments, but lost sight of him again after he fled on Kimberly Avenue through backyards and over fences.
Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for Jonathan Diaz-Moore. In addition to East Haven police charges, there is an active state police arrest warrant out for first-degree escape and a parole violation. Anyone with information regarding Diaz-Moore’s whereabouts is urged to call us at 203-468-3820, or they can reach out to us on our department’s Facebook page inbox. All calls and messages will remain anonymous.