An Arcadia man accused of leading police on a chase
last month, crashing the vehicle and killing his passenger pleaded not guilty
to a murder charge Thursday, July 17.
Richard John Villareal Jr., 28, is accused in the death of Michael
Sandoval Jr., 38, also of Arcadia.
The chase began June 2 when Arcadia police spotted an allegedly stolen vehicle near Workman and Baldwin avenues and officers tried to make a traffic stop,
according to Arcadia police Capt. Paul Foley.
"The suspect driver failed to yield to police, and a pursuit ensued,'' Foley said shortly after the crash.
"The suspect continued to flee westbound on Lower Azusa Road into the city of Temple City (where) the suspect drove through a red signal light at the intersection of Lower Azusa Road and Arden drive and was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Arden Drive,'' said Foley.
Villareal suffered minor injuries. The other motorist was not injured,
Villareal is due back in a Pasadena courtroom Aug. 21, when a date is
scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to
require him to stand trial.