The two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, close to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resort, and surprised a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the maids, and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities said.
One of the maids was eventually able to break free and called 911 at 12:20 p.m., officials said
Nearly half an hour later, officials said, the suspect was driving on California 38 when he passed a marked vehicle driven by officers of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
They recognized the suspect as he passed and swung their vehicle around in pursuit, officials said.
The suspect attempted to evade them by turning off onto Glass Road, and at some point crashed and abandoned the small car.