A man wanted on felony warrants and a woman who allegedly harbored him were arrested Thursday near Watsonville after police from multiple agencies surrounded their home, authorities said today. Julio Cesar Jeronimo, 31, and Yolanda Espinoza, 35, were captured at the home in unincorporated Santa Cruz County just outside of Watsonville, Santa Cruz Anti-Crime Team spokesman Mario Sulay said. Agents from the task force placed the home on Lone Pine Avenue under surveillance Thursday looking for Jeronimo who was wanted on warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property and car theft, Sulay said. The agents saw both Jeronimo and Espinoza interacting with others outside the home and then called for backup, which was provided by Watsonville police, Capitola police’s K-9 unit and the anti-crime team’s gang task force, Sulay said.
The two suspects then ran into the home after spotting the officers, who set up a perimeter around the home, Sulay said. With heavy police presence, officers asked for everyone in the home to come out. Espinoza, who was on supervised probation, then exited the home with some other residents but Jeronimo remained inside. Police K-9 teams then went into the home with Watsonville police and anti-crime team officers and located Jeronimo, who had squeezed through a crawl space and hid beneath the home, Sulay said. Officers convinced Jeronimo to surrender and later found and confiscated a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun from the home, Sulay said. Jeronimo was arrested based on his felony warrants and Espinoza was taken in on suspicion of harboring a fugitive, Sulay said.
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