Reward offered for wanted suspects who crashed into police car

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Updated: 3/01/2012 1:16 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information on two suspects who purposely backed into a police car and fled the scene.

The wanted fugitives are Michael Howard and Christian Ayala of Reno. 

The suspects, wanted by the Nevada Repeat Offender Program, were under surveillance when officers in unmarked police vehicles attempted a vehicle stop on the suspect’s 1994 white Chevrolet Astro van. The driver of the suspect vehicle backed around one of the police vehicles and then accelerated striking the side of a full sized unmarked police truck pushing the truck 6 feet sideways nearly striking two detectives.

The suspect vehicle then fled south on Sutro. It was later located in a parking lot at 1855 El Rancho Drive in Sparks but the suspects had fled the area. The suspects were also traveling with an unknown female described as a white adult, late 20’s or early 30’s, approximately 5’7” tall, 135 pounds, reddish brown hair pulled back in a bun. Descriptions of Howard and Ayala are available through the Reno Police Department.

Reno Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspects. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspects should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program at 334-3877, Secret Witness at 322-4900, or or text to 847411(TIP 411) Keyword - SW.

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