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* Joel Barnes Armed And Dangerous Felon Was Arrested By Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies

Fugitive Watch Logo 77x77px Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night arrested a wanted felon who escaped capture earlier this week after attempting to run over a deputy with a pickup truck.Joel Barnes, 39, who was considered armed and dangerous, was arrested at a home in Watsonville around 11 p.m. Thursday.Sheriff’s deputies had called in tactical officers, a K-9 team and a helicopter to search for Barnes, who has spent 11 years in prison for murder and was wanted on charges including assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder on a peace officer, Sgt. Rick Sung said.Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, deputies received a tip that Barnes was at a home of an “associate” in the 10000 block of Harding Avenue, in the San Martin area of southern Santa Clara County, and went there to arrest him, Sung said. Sung said Barnes escaped capture and fled in a green pickup truck. At some point during the attempt to arrest him, a deputy fired multiple shots at Barnes. No one was hit by the gunfire, Sung said. Deputies pursued Barnes from the San Martin home, but he eluded them in Mt. Madonna County Park, west of Gilroy, Sung said. Since then, sheriff’s deputies had called in a K-9 unit, a helicopter and the county SWAT team to scour the area, he said.Barnes, who has no permanent address, is wanted on felony charges stemming from multiple incidents, according to Sung. Those charges include assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of illegal firearms, stealing a handgun from a home and domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend, he said. Anyone with regarding this incident should contact Sgt. David Lera or Sgt. Fred Alanis at (408) 808-4500. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call (408) 808-4431. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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