VENTURA, California. – A man suspected of the rape of a 14-year-old he lured to a motel on social media was the run from the police on a Southern California highway Wednesday, then he drank cyanide as he drove, and killed himself, authorities said.
The slumped-over man ‘ s car and the down USA. 101 in Ventura for the crash.
Officers were chasing Jonathan Hanks, 33, Camarillo, ca, for six miles when she saw him drinking from a bottle. His car and drove on the right shoulder of the highway, and drove across all lanes in a northerly direction, and then came to a stop after it hit the center median, authorities said.
The drifting car had officers first think Hanks can shot himself, but a scene test of the empty bottle led authorities to close, he uses a mixture of salt and potassium cyanide.
The CHP had received calls during the chase with the mention of Hanks was planning to kill himself, CHP Researcher Christopher Terry told KABC-TV , without elaboration.
Ninette Toosbuy, a sex crimes detective supervisor from the Los Angeles Police department, told the Ventura County Star that Hanks had no criminal record for sexual abuse examined, but there was physical evidence in support of a mother claims that he had lured the girl to a motel in Los Angeles via Snapchat and raped her on Feb. 4.
“This morning, we were planning on executing a search warrant and to take him into custody and arrest him,” Toosbuy said.
But Hanks, one way or another realized detectives came and fled in his Nissan Versa, authorities said.
The police called the California Highway Patrol for assistance, and the officials him driving north on the 101 about 50 km northwest of downtown Los Angeles. He refused to stop and led officers on six-meter yacht, CHP Officer Kevin Denharder said.
After it stopped, the black Nissan was surrounded by fire and police vehicles, including an armored SWAT truck.
A team under the direction of a fireman in a gas mask, broke a window of the car and pulled Hanks.
His body could be seen lying on the highway next to the car under a blanket soon after.