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Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force arrested one of Santa Cruz County’s most wanted fugitive in Watsonville

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One of Santa Cruz County’s most wanted fugitives was arrested Thursday after a brief search as the suspect jumped fences and climbed onto rooftops in Watsonville, police said. Officers with the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force spotted the suspect, 35-year-old Jose Munoz, while driving on Roosevelt Street at about 3:30 p.m., according to Watsonville police. Munoz was walking and allegedly started running when he saw the officers and Watsonville police officers arriving to assist.

Officers ran after him through the residential neighborhood, but Munoz managed to get away by hopping fences into neighborhood backyards and climbing onto rooftops, police said. The officers set up a perimeter and enlisted the help of a police dog to search for Munoz, and it was the dog Ellex that eventually found him in a backyard on Oregon Street. Munoz tried to run again and barricade himself into the home’s garage but police chased after him and after a brief struggle Munoz was taken down by the police dog, police said.

Munoz was arrested on suspicion of his outstanding warrants, which led to him be featured as one of Santa Cruz County’s most wanted fugitives, as well as resisting arrest. He was found with methamphetamine as well, police said. Munoz was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.

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