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07/20/12 Chandler, AZ – Illegal Mexican Tries To Steal Arizona DPS Trooper’s Patrol Car – TREMCO SAVED THIS VEHICLE – Suspect Shot

July 20, 2012

Federal agents have arrested a Coolidge man whose mistaken release from the Pinal County Jail led to a five-hour standoff at a Chandler mall in after he tried to reenter the country in San Diego.

The man, 26-year-old Daniel Perez, allegedly pointed a gun at Arizona Department of Public Safety during an incident at the 1000 block of North Lehmberg Avenue in December 2010. During the incident, Perez tried to steal a DPS patrol car, but a safety device prevented it from moving, and he was subsequently shot in the torso after he pointed a gun at the responding officers.

After he was treated for his injuries at a Valley hospital, Perez was booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence on a $500,000 bond related to the incident. Perez, however, was released from the jail six days after the incident on a $320 bond instead because jailers were unaware of the serious charges against him and believed he was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant, according to the Arizona Republic.

A month after his release, officers believed they noticed Perez enter the Chandler Fashion Center, which caused a five-hour standoff where he allegedly threatened to shoot officers in the head. Perez was able to flee from the scene after police followed and arrested a man who was not involved with the incident.

Perez has been on the run for the last 19 months before his arrest near San Diego last week. He was extradited from California to Arizona and is being held on federal weapons charges.

“We are happy to hear that Mr. Perez was apprehended by ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and look forward to having him face a judge regarding his behavior that day in Casa Grande,” said DPS spokesperson Ofc. Carrick Cook.

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