Man who allegedly drove at police given $500K bail

Kenneth Michael Aguero, 31

Judge Jacqueline Arroyo decided against raising the bail to $1
million for the man who allegedly stole a police car and tried to
run over an officer in southeastern Gilroy on Sunday evening.
Judge Jacqueline Arroyo decided against raising the bail to $1 million for the man who allegedly stole a police car and tried to run over an officer in southeastern Gilroy on Sunday evening.

Kenneth Michael Aguero, 31, faces felony charges of attempted theft or unauthorized use of a vehicle, theft or unauthorized use of a police or fire vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting or deterring arrest, and interfering with an animal used by police.

Aguero, represented by Santa Clara County public defender Berny Saucedo, appeared calm and almost casual as he entered the courtroom in a red jumpsuit worn by maximum security inmates during his arraignment. He had short hair and a husky, muscular frame. He occasionally glanced at his mother, who sat in the audience.

Aguero stole a police car and almost ran over an officer with it on Sunday after trying to take his Chevrolet Impala from Marx Towing on Obata Way, police said. Police failed to subdue him with pepper spray, a stun gun, baton strikes and gunfire and ultimately subdued him with the help of a police dog. He faces jail time of up to 13 years and 4 months if convicted of all charges, district attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell said.

Deputy district attorney Vishal Bathija requested Wednesday that Aguero’s bail be raised from $500,000 to $1 million because he had tried to use a vehicle in a past assault. Aguero served time in county jail in 2005 after being convicted of felony hit and run and assault with a deadly weapon.

However, Arroyo said all of that information was at the magistrate’s disposal when determining Aguero’s bail amount, leading her to decide against raising the bail amount.

Aguero’s demeanor became slightly more somber as the deputy district attorney discussed increasing his bail amount to $1 million.

When Arroyo discussed scheduling his next court date for Tuesday, Aguero said he would prefer to be in court at an earlier time.

“The sooner the better,” Aguero said.

However, Arroyo said Tuesday was the earliest that another court date could be scheduled.

Aguero looked at his mother, who was seated in the audience, as he was escorted out of the courtroom.

He is scheduled to make a plea at the South County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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