Supect who fled deputy in Siskiyou County now back in custody

UPDATE (12/29/16 4:05 p.m.) A Weed, California man will face additional charges after he escaped custody Thursday morning.

According to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, Aaron Bradley Peruzzi, 21, of Weed was arrested on charges of Felon in Possession of a Stolen Firearm. A second person was also arrested at the time.

As deputies arrived at the Siskiyou County Jail, Peruzzi was able to escape custody. The arresting deputy tried to catch him, but didn’t pursue him because he had the second suspect in custody. Instead, the deputy radioed for help.

The Sheriff’s office sent out a CODE RED, letting the community know about the suspect. Several agencies worked together to find Peruzzi. He was arrested after a resident in the 400 block of S Gold St. noticed a man fitting his description in a field behind their home.

“It was an exhaustive search, but ultimately we prevailed and Mr. Peruzzi was taken into custody,” said Sheriff Lopey. “Escapes from custody are rare but when they happen they potentially endanger the public and are always a high priority for involved law enforcement agencies. I want to thank all of the citizens and law enforcement responders for doing a good job in a team effort to successfully recapture Mr. Peruzzi and bring this incident to a safe and successful conclusion.


UPDATE (12/29/16 1:20 p.m.)- The suspect has been caught.


Yreka, Cal.- Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office sent out an alert to citizens Thursday, warning of a suspect on the loose.

According to the phone alert, the suspect escaped deputy custody near the jail. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7”, 140 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt, camo vest and blue jeans.

If you see the suspect, do not approach him. Instead, call Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at 530-841-2900 or Yreka Police Department at 530-841-2300.

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