SAN ANTONIO – A woman who manages a Southeast Side mobile home park said she had a bizarre encounter with a man accused of stealing a San Antonio Fire Department ambulance moments before it happened.
Jennifer Gonzales said the suspect, Alfred Trevino, 33, walked into her office Tuesday afternoon at the Indian Hills Mobile Home Park and at first appeared to be a normal guest.
"He asked to have some water, go to the restroom. He came inside and he said, 'I'm waiting for a resident,'" Gonzales said.
But within minutes, Trevino began acting bizarre, Gonzales said.
Gonzales said Trevino was walking around trying to go behind employees' desks, so she asked him to leave and wait outside the office in the 3500 block of Goliad Road.
"Then he started falling on the ground," Gonzales said. "He said he couldn't breathe, so I called the police. He said he was calling 911."
Paramedics from a nearby fire station 29 arrived a few minutes later.
But it wasn't long before they needed help.
"(Trevino's) on the ground. He's, kind of, acting crazy. He runs out, gets into the car, locks the door, then drives off in the ambulance," Gonzales said.
Gonzales said she never imagined that stealing an ambulance was part of a plan.
Instead, Gonzales expected Trevino to climb into the ambulance as a patient.
According to San Antonio police, Trevino took the ambulance on a wild ride, hitting several cars along Interstate 10 and causing a van to flip over.
Trevino then jumped out of the ambulance, allowing it to roll backward into a patrol car, police said.
Officers arrested him after he tried to run away.
"We were, like, 'Oh my gosh!' We didn't know. We were, like, 'Is he coming back? Is he not coming back?," Gonzales said.
Only later did she learn the answer to that question when she saw the news.
Gonzales was taken to a hospital for treatment but is expected to be booked into jail.