A 20-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say he broke into a pickup truck early Tuesday morning and ran from officers after being confronted.
Jonathan Perez was charged Wednesday, July 10, with theft and breaking into a vehicle, both class C felonies, as well as class A misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and class B misdemeanor counts of fleeing a police officer and underage drinking. He was ordered held Wednesday on $10,000 bond.
Police were called to the 3300 block of 28th Street West around 3:36 a.m. on Tuesday after someone reported seeing a man with a flashlight getting into vehicles, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court. When an officer arrived, he spotted Perez leaning into a Ford F-350 pickup and holding a plastic bag filled with items.
When the officer told Perez to show his hands, Perez raised his hands and began to walk away while still holding his hands up, court records indicate. When the officer told Perez to stop, Perez fled.
Eventually, another officer saw Perez standing in the entryway of an office building in the 3200 block of 27th Street West, charging documents state. When the officer told Perez to come out, Perez ran toward the building’s elevator.
After a search of the building, the officer found Perez hiding in a stall in the women’s bathroom, investigators wrote in the probable cause affidavit. A breath test showed Perez’s blood alcohol content at .105.
Officers found a bag that Perez dropped while running from police and found it contained an Apple iPad, an iPhone, a radar detector, a watch and cologne, all of which belonged to the owner of the truck, court documents state. The total value of the items wa about $1,261.
After Perez was taken to the Williams County jail, correctional officers found a vape pen in his pocket with liquid that contained THC, according to charging documents.
Perez is due back in court Aug. 7 for a preliminary hearing.