Members of the Burlingame Police Department who helped nab a suspect who led officers on a high speed chase said the case is currently being evaluated by a judge. Defendant David Cassidy appeared before a judge last week for a conference relating to the Aug. 28 crime. Officers say the incident began when Cassidy approached a Burlingame woman who was withdrawing money at an ATM. He reportedly pulled a knife on her and demanded more than $100 in cash.
Cassidy pocketed the money and fled the scene on foot. Police officers spotted him entering a truck and speeding off. Squad cars attempted to pull the suspect over but he failed to comply. A high speed chase then ensued through the streets of Burlingame and Hillsborough. Vehicle speeds reached more than 60 miles per hour on residential streets. Officers say the suspect lost control of his car on multiple occasions when he attempted to make sharp turns. He eventually crashed into a bush.
The suspect then proceeded to attempt to flee on foot. He was tazed at least twice but kept on running. A spokesperson fort he department said although the defendant was eventually subdued he did not allow himself to be taken into custody without a fight.
Redwood City jail officials say Cassidy remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. If he wanted to hire a bondsman to obtain pre-trial release he would need to pay a fee of $10,000. That money is non-refundable as it would be earned by the bondsman at the time the defendant is released from jail. Collateral might not be required as long as there is a cosigner who has good credit or who owns a home.
Cassidy’s next court date is scheduled for March 4.