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Sheriff's canine brings felon to a halt, resulting in three arrests in incident

Good police work by Sheriff's deputies with the added bonus of law enforcement canines resulted in the arrest of three Fallbrook men yesterday.

Sheriff's Sgt. Darryl Kimball reported that while Deputy Frank Leyva was on routine patrol yesterday at approximately 12:14 p.m. in downtown Fallbrook, he observed a teal-colored Ford Escort being driven by a female subject known to him. Leyva had information that a wanted parolee had recently been in the woman's vehicle. After executing a u-turn in his patrol car, Leyva caught up to the vehicle as it pulled to a stop in front of a residence in the 300 block of East Dougherty Street.

"When the vehicle stopped, a Hispanic male adult exited the rear passenger seat and fled on foot," reported Kimball. "Deputy Leyva recognized the individual as Pedro Martinez." Marinez, 26, was wanted on two felony drug warrants and had eluded deputies one week ago.

Two other men were taken into custody at the scene of the stop. Juan Martinez, 23, and David Coronado, 33, were arrested by deputies for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities had just issued two felony warrants for Coronado's arrest yesterday.

In order to assist in the apprehension of Martinez, backup units and two canine units, one from Vista and another from San Marcos, were dispatched to the scene.The Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter was called in for air search support.

"A perimeter was set up to contain the subject," explained Kimball. After the helicopter began broadcasting information about the subject, a witness contacted deputies on the perimeter.

"The witness pointed out a yard where he had observed a suspicious subject, matching Martinez' description, enter about 30 minutes earlier," said Kimball. "A search of the yard was conducted by Deputy Chapman and his canine partner Kenzo."

"Pedro Martinez was subsequently located under heavy foilage next to a wall," said Kimball. "Martinez did suffer a dog bite during the arrest and contact."

"All three suspects are now in custody," said Fallbrook Substatin Commander Lt. Mike Barnett. "Our team did a great job with the help of the ASTREA helicopter and a couple of the Sheriff's canines."

Juan Martinez, David Coronado and Pedro Martinez were subsequently booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Pedro Martinez has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two charges of receiving known stolen property. He is being held without bail.

David Coronado has been charged with one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a narcotic, and one count of burglary. Coronado is also being held without bail.

Further arrest information on Juan Martinez was not immediately available.

(previous story, Sept. 21 4:30 p.m.)

Deputies find and arrest felon that has been subject of search today

Debbie Ramsey

Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation Commander Mike Barnett has confirmed that the 27-year-old man wanted on a felony warrant that officers have been searching for this afternoon has now been apprehended.

"All three suspects are now in custody," said Barnett. "Our team did a great job with the help of the ASTREA helicopter and a couple of the Sheriff's canines."

***More information will be forthcoming on this apprehension. Watch this site for updates.

(previous story, Sept. 21 3 p.m.)

Deputies continue search for felon

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Lt. Mike Barnett, commander of the Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation, said deputies are still searching for a man wanted on a felony warrant that eluded officers earlier in the day.

Shortly after noon, local deputies spotted three individuals with outstanding warrants in the 700 block of Iowa Street. After being spotted, the individuals fled the scene and two of the men were apprehended a short time later by officers. The third individual continued to elude officers although the ASTREA helicopter was commissioned to conduct an air search and a canine was brought in for tracking.

"We got two of the guys but the third one is still out there," said Barnett. "But we are gathering information that will lead us to him."

Deputies were actively searching the areas surrounding Dougherty, Orange and Iowa Streets.

The man being sought is a 27-year-old Hispanic male, 6' 1" tall, approximately 190 lbs, with black hair, brown eyes, and wearing a black jacket and dark pants.

"He has tattoos on his head and both arms," said Sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy earlier today.

(previous story, Sept. 21)

Helicopter up searching for felon

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

The San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. has launched the ASTREA helicopter over Fallbrook to assist deputies in the search for a 27-year-old Hispanic male that has an outstanding felony warrant.

The helicopter search is being conducted over areas surrounding Dougherty, Orange and Iowa Streets. Deputies are broadcasting to the public that they are looking for a 27-year-old Hispanic male, 6' 1" tall, approximately 190 lbs, with black hair, brown eyes and wearing a black jacket and dark pants.

"He has tattoos on his head and both arms," said Sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy of the San Diego Communications Center.

Duffy said a Sheriff's canine is currently tracking the suspect as well.

The incident started when Fallbrook deputies spotted three individuals with outstanding warrants in the 700 block of Iowa Street. Although the individuals fled as the officers approached, two of the three individuals were apprehended shortly after. The third individual is still at large.

Watch this site as more information/updates become available.

 

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