Above the Call: Sergeant, officer chase down robbers

By Lt. Elton Soriano, AA/PIO, Folsom State Prison

An early morning coffee stop for two Folsom State Prison custody staff members turned into a foot-pursuit of suspected robbers.

Sgt. Chad Ericson and Officer Daren Procida rolled up on the scene of a robbery and took chase after the suspects.

On Feb. 14, at 5:30 a.m., Sgt. Chad Ericson pulled up to Circle K to purchase coffee prior to beginning his shift at Folsom State Prison (FSP).

Sgt. Ericson noticed a suspicious individual, whose face was covered by a black ski mask, pacing back and forth in front of the store and talking on a cell phone. FSP Correctional Officer Daren Procida pulled up to the store in his truck and parked next to Ericson’s vehicle.  As Sgt. Ericson and Officer Procida exited their vehicles, two other individuals, also wearing black ski masks, ran out of the store carrying two black bags.

Sgt. Ericson ran into the store and checked on the cashier.  She nodded when asked if she had been robbed.

All three suspects were running west on Natoma Street through an adjacent parking lot.  Sgt. Ericson immediately yelled to Officer Procida to call 911.

Sgt. Ericson took chase after the suspects on foot, as Officer Procida jumped in his truck and followed behind.

Officer Procida picked up Sgt. Ericson in the truck as they began to follow the suspects into a nearby apartment complex.  As they drove through the rear of the complex, they saw two of the suspects. Officer Procida parked the truck and began to pursue one of the suspects on foot, heading north east. Sgt. Ericson pursued the other suspect on foot. Officer Procida lost his suspect and headed back to the truck.

Sgt. Ericson continued his chase and gained ground on him. The suspect then took cover in a shadowy corner at the end of the complex. As Sgt. Ericson approached, the suspect walked toward him. Sgt. Ericson said that he was an off duty peace officer and asked the suspect to show his hands. At that time, the suspect reached into his waistband, pulled out a handgun and said, “I have a piece.”

The suspect held the firearm at waist level, pointed at the ground. Sgt. Ericson told the suspect to put the weapon down.  The suspect did not comply and took two steps back and retreated into the dark portion of the apartment complex.

Sgt. Ericson backed out of the area and rejoined CO Procida at the front of the apartment complex. The Folsom Police Department arrived on scene and Sgt. Ericson informed them of the situation and gave the police clothing the suspects had discarded during the pursuit.

Because of the actions of the two prison employees, within minutes of the crime, the police apprehended the three original suspects as well as an additional suspect in a waiting vehicle.


47 Responses

  1. J.Baptiste Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 7:48 am

    Great job!

  2. D. Garza, M&SSII-C.I.M Monday, May 1, 2017 / 9:26 am

    That’s what you call ” A Happy Ending “!!.
    I Love starting the day & week off with awesome news like this.
    Thank You both!

  3. Lt. D. Lopez, SVSP Friday, April 28, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Out Freakin Standing Gentlement!
    Glad you are safe.
    You are an example of the outstanding correctional staff working for CDCR.
    Thank You and God Speed.

  4. Valerie Estrella Wednesday, April 26, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Two brave and heroic men. I am so glad everyone was safe.

  5. cummings Tuesday, April 25, 2017 / 11:33 am

    Way to work together as a team and stay safe! Greetings, Ericson… we worked together at the Q! Now I’m at CSP-SAC. Hope to see you around at the Circle K one day!

  6. bryanna Tuesday, April 25, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Good job, gentlemen.

  7. J. Bargstadt, Sergeant Sunday, April 23, 2017 / 4:00 am

    Great work guys…I had the pleasure to work with Sgt.Ericson at San Quentin.

  8. Karen Franklin Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Way to go guys. Sgt. Erickson you make me so proud. Good team work. Miss you at the Q. Folsom is blessed to have you.

  9. Linda Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Great job guys!

  10. W. Wright (Sgt) Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    I love my job (at Soledad) you guys just made my day. Glad you are both ok and I am really proud of you.

  11. Irma Reyes Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Great job! Proud to be part of this family, brothers and sisters ready to help anytime, anywhere, anyone. Thank you for all your hard work.

  12. John J McNitt, Capt. (Ret.) Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Great job, guys!

  13. L. STONE Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 8:38 am


  14. WATSON Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 2:53 pm


  15. CHERRY RN Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Great guys you both are!!!

  16. Sgt. A. Marquez Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Above and beyond, way to go fellas !

  17. A. Orozco Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Outstanding job! I love it when the good guys win! Great representation guys – you stepped up and were smart about it.

  18. Cathy Wright Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Ya’ll did that! You rock.

  19. I. Castillo Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 8:58 am


  20. Sgt. Cuevas SQ. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Good Job to both of you….. especially to Sgt. Erickson….. representing the Q….

    • cummings Tuesday, April 25, 2017 / 11:31 am

      Sgt. Cuevas…promoted, eh? Congrats, man. It’s Cummings.

  21. L. COOLEY Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Way to get the bad boys! Awesome work.

  22. J.R.C Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 8:37 am

    So which one is Hardcastle and which one is McCormick?

  23. POLANCO,G Tuesday, April 18, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Special “K” Ericson , I ordered you a Cape it will be there in two weeks. Good Job Bro.

  24. Brian Chord Monday, April 17, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    Great job, you guys! Bronze star in your future.

  25. Sgt A. Nav Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Free coffee from Circle K for life is what you two deserve, and so much more! great job!

  26. K. Witt, Fire Captain, RJD Fire Dept. Monday, April 17, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Strong work!

  27. Lee Hofer Monday, April 17, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Good job

  28. Gonzalez.P.J Monday, April 17, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Outstanding, gentlemen!

  29. Dee Nag Monday, April 17, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Way to go, guys. I’ve worked with both of those officers and I’m not surprised by their actions, very solid cops. Proud of you guys.
    And reading this description was like a movie! Very well written Lieutenant. Kudos.

  30. R. Scicluna Monday, April 17, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Great job to you both. Above and beyond, it’s in our blood.

  31. Frank Walker Monday, April 17, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Great Job.

  32. Linda Tucker Monday, April 17, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Awesome job Sergeant Ericson and Officer Procedia!

  33. Raymond Matteucci Monday, April 17, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I am proud to know Sgt. Erickson and officer Procida. Great going guys……

  34. N. Melgoza Monday, April 17, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Nice work guys!

  35. Kathleen Hargis Monday, April 17, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Awesome work, guys.

  36. Peggy Pope Monday, April 17, 2017 / 9:02 am

    So glad to know that there are people who care enough to get involved even if it is inconvenient for them….. and to stay with the pursuit!

  37. Rod Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Brave men, both of you! God’s blessings and protection over you both, always.

  38. MARIA ROBLES Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Way to go! Good job.

  39. Jane Rogan CDCR - C.I.W. Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Brave Men = Brave Heart
    What a way to start the day. Good job to both of you!

  40. C/O O. Wehagen Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Wow, you both make me proud to say, I know those guys! Thanks for making a difference in our community. Now go claim your EOM parking spots.

  41. Smith Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Good work! Proud of you.

  42. Lexie Plate Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Great job, Officers!

  43. Carol Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Nice! Great job.

  44. kawatha Geter Monday, April 17, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Folsom State Prison — lead, follow or get out the way. On the job every day, all day. Way to go guys.
    You got my vote.

  45. C.O. L.GRIFFIN (CCPOA JOB STEWART ) Monday, April 17, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Way to save the day, Sgt. Pickles. We miss you at the Q!

  46. J.R. Lewis Monday, April 17, 2017 / 6:24 am

    Proud of you!

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