By Larry Judkins
Glenn County Observer
“It was really scary.”
This comment was from a witness who saw the large response from the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, the Orland Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol as they searched for a known gang member who attempted to evade the law enforcement officers Monday afternoon. “They had guns pulled and everything,” said the witness.
At about 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, Deputy Ian Ayres observed Manuel Perez running through the gravel lot near the Orland Grange. This was after a red Pontiac had pulled into the back yard of the Unity House, 611 Woodward Avenue, just before the deputy had a chance to do a traffic stop on it for having a brake light out.
The deputy gave chase. Perez was confirmed to have a federal FBI felony warrant for his arrest.
After a search of the area, Perez was found hiding in the back yard of 152 East Swift Street. He was taken into custody and transported to the Glenn County Jail, where he was booked on his federal felony warrant.
During the pursuit and search for Perez, an unknown person with a police radio or similar device could be heard repeatedly breaking in on the law enforcement channel, trying to divert officers to Railroad Avenue in Orland by claiming the person they were looking for was spotted in that area. Officers and the Glenn County dispatcher heard the broadcasts, but deputies remained in the area of East Swift Street and Woodward Avenue.
Manuel Rubin Perez, 35, was booked into the Glenn County Jail on a no-bail federal warrant alleging violation of supervised release (a felony). Manuel Perez, by the way, is the brother of Raul Tito Perez, who in February allegedly threatened to shoot a law enforcement officer, among other crimes, during a domestic disturbance in Orland.
Both Perezes have long histories of encounters with the criminal justice system.
Coincidentally, Raul Perez’s preliminary hearing for the case involving his alleged threats against Orland Police Officer Thomas Roenspie is scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 13, according to the Glenn County Superior Court’s web page.