The body of a 37-year-old man who attempted to escape authorities in Campbell by jumping into a creek a week and a half ago was found in Santa Clara this afternoon, a police sergeant said.A passerby spotted Ut “Johnny” Nguyen’s body face down in the San Tomas Aquinas Creek near Mission College Boulevard and Agnew Road in Santa Clara at about 1 p.m. today, Campbell police Sgt. Gary Berg said.”Based on the tattoos of the subject found in the creek today and the tattoos of the subject we were looking for, they appear to be the same person,” Berg said. Nguyen had a tattoo of a dragon on his back.On Jan. 22, Campbell police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors encountered Nguyen while serving a search warrant at a home in the city in connection with an identify fraud case. Although Nguyen wasn’t the subject of the search warrant, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office had a $30,000 felony warrant out for his arrest in a separate identity theft case, Berg said.Nguyen, who is from the Sacramento area and also had ties to San Jose, jumped over a fence and into the creek in an effort to evade authorities, according to Berg. He said it appeared that Nguyen was trying to “elude capture and didn’t realize the pretty severe nature of the creek that day.”Campbell police treated the investigation as a missing persons case as they searched for Nguyen.”Our first priority was his safety, the warrant was coming secondarily,” Berg said, adding that officers used mountain bikes to search areas along the creek. A helicopter was also used during the investigation.
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