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Bizarre chase ends when police corner the suspect on a trailer home roof

Police talk to a suspect hiding on a trailer home roof after the man reportedly led them on a multi-city chase. (Massachusetts State Police)

PEABODY — Police say a man led officers on a long chase Saturday before bailing out of his car in a strip club parking lot and trying to hide on top of a trailer home’s roof.

Saturday’s bizarre chain of events started at 9:30 a.m., when Malden Police officers tried to arrest Obieze Ochendu, 34, in his Rockland Avenue home, according to a Massachusetts State Police statement.

But the day’s events stemmed from an incident Friday night, when residents reported to Malden Police that someone was damaging their cars, according to Malden Police Capt. Marc Gatcomb.

Gatcomb said Ochendu had allegedly smashed out several car windows in a residential area. Witnesses were able to get the suspect’s plate number, which led police to show up at his house Friday night.

After an altercation with police, Ochendu took off in his Chevy Impala and nearly struck two officers in the process. Police attempted to stop the suspect, but had to end the chase due to safety reasons, Gatcomb said.

After searching for Ochendu the previous night to no avail, Malden Police learned that the suspect was back at his house on Saturday and went to his home again around 9:30 a.m. The department had activated their Special Operations Unit (SOU), Gatcomb said.

Ochendu reportedly escaped in his car again on Saturday, which was spotted a short time later. Officers started to pursue him and the chase was on, with the suspect heading up Route 1 in Saugus, State Police said.

During the chase, Ochendu ran stop signs and red lights and smashed into an unmarked police cruiser, Gatcomb said.

While on the highway, two State Police K-9 unit vehicles joined the pursuit, which wound through Lynnfield and Peabody. At that point, the suspect drove into the Golden Banana strip club’s parking lot and bailed out of his car, according to police. With officers chasing on foot, he reportedly ran into a nearby trailer home community.

“MSP K9 Trooper Leigha Genduso and her K9 partner Kojak located the suspect on the roof of a house,” State Police said.

Officers at the scene were able to talk Ochendu into coming down off the roof. He was arrested and taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, State Police said.

Ochendu was charged by Malden Police with two counts of malicious destruction of property, two counts of failure to stop for police, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer. He is expected to be arraigned in Malden District Court on Monday, Gatcomb said.

Police said no one was hurt in the incident, and no property was reported damaged.

Staff Reporter Gayla Cawley contributed to this report.

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