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State Police capture suspect in Westwood after highway pursuit

A man wanted for driving his car over the foot of a Massachusetts State Police trooper last week is now in custody following a pursuit Tuesday that began on Route 24 in Avon, continued north on Interstates 93 and 95 and came to an end inside a vehicle electronics store in Westwood.

State Police identified the suspect as Jose Jimenez, 26, of Lawrence, who was booked on an outstanding warrant — and more charges — at the barracks in Milton for last Thursday’s incident in Brockton.

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According to State Police spokesman David Procopio, Tuesday’s pursuit began when a trooper from the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section who was aware of last week’s incident spotted Jimenez driving north on Route 24.

The trooper tried to pull him over, but as was the case last Thursday, Jimenez sped off, driving “up and onto [Interstate] 93 south, and then onto I-95/[Route] 128 north,’’ Procopio wrote. “The suspect vehicle, a Toyota Camry, exited the highway at the University Avenue exit in Westwood.

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Troopers ended their pursuit but spotted the Camry abandoned near the Peterson School in Westwood and encountered a witness who reported seeing a man run into Osprey Wireless, the vehicle electronics store at 378 University Ave. in Westwood, Procopio said.

Troopers entered the business and took Jimenez into custody.

Jeffrey Maron, general manager of Osprey Wireless, said in a phone interview that Jimenez had entered the store and asked about job openings.

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“He said, ‘Are you hiring?’ ” Maron said, adding that Jimenez was “cool and collected” during their conversation.

However, Maron noted that Jimenez kept looking out the windows at “all the police activity” outside the store while they spoke.

“We’re always looking for good people,” Maron said. “He was clean-cut, dressed nicely, he wasn’t sweating. He was cool and collected. I was giving him the time that somebody would expect to be given to them as a job applicant.”

But Maron soon learned Jimenez was no ordinary applicant. He said a service manager abruptly “told me to get out of my office,” so he exited and later watched police officers escort Jimenez out of the building in handcuffs.

Prior to the arrest, there had been “nothing to suggest that he was a bad guy,” Maron said. “We really didn’t know how in harm’s way we were with somebody like that. . . . We’ve been in business since 1985, and this has never happened before — and hopefully will never happen again.”

The new charges he faces were not immediately available.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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