Police arrest armed Bay Area burglary suspect after freeway chase

A mask, a gun and drug paraphernalia were confiscated after police arrested a Concord burglary suspect following a chase in San Rafael. (Photo by San Rafael Police Department)

A dramatic pursuit of an armed burglary suspect on Interstate 580 in San Rafael ended with an arrest after a hit-and-run, a chase across the freeway and an attempted carjacking, police said.

The suspect, Adam Workman, 29, of Benicia, was booked into Marin County Jail Thursday on suspicion of several felony and misdemeanor charges, including evading an officer with wanton disregard for safety, possession of a concealed firearm and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a felony.

Workman also was booked on 13 outstanding warrants linked to criminal cases in Concord. His bail was set at $426,000.

The search for Workman began at 4 p.m. when Concord police contacted the San Rafael Police Department to report that an armed suspect driving a red Ford Mustang might be in San Rafael and planning to commit an armed robbery.

At 4:58 p.m., San Rafael police spotted Workman driving in the commercial area of east San Rafael around Francisco Boulevard East and Piombo Place near I-580.

When police attempted to stop the vehicle, Workman drove down Francisco Boulevard East, where he struck a vehicle between Pelican Way and Morphew Street, said San Rafael police Sgt. Justin Graham. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt.

Workman continued eastbound and sped onto the westbound I-580 onramp. When he got on the freeway, he spun around and drove eastbound against traffic, Graham said.

A police officer in pursuit crashed into the left side of the suspect’s car, pinning it against the concrete center divider. Workman left his car and jumped over the median into the eastbound lanes.

Police said Workman then ran up to a slow-moving vehicle that was caught in traffic and attempted a carjacking. Just as he grabbed the driver, Workman was tackled by police and arrested.

Officers searched Workman’s vehicle and found a large-caliber revolver and a homemade ski mask, police said. Workman’s vehicle had stolen license plates, police said.

San Rafael detectives are looking for the driver of the vehicle that Workman allegedly attempted to carjack. The driver left before police could obtain a statement.