Daniel Munoz Perez, 26, was taken into custody on Monday as he attempted to enter the United States near San Diego, California. By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck
PHOENIX -- An Arizona man who was a fugitive on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Most Wanted list was arrested this week.
Daniel Munoz Perez, 26, was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Monday as he attempted to enter the United States near San Diego, California.
Perez had been on the loose since December 2010 after he was mistakenly released from a Pinal County Jail.
"We're just glad he's back here in handcuffed and he's soon to be extradited to AZ to face charges against him," said Tom Mangan of the ATF.
On December 10, 2010 Perez allegedly fired at Department of Public Safety Officers during a standoff at a home in Casa Grande.
Officers returned fire, injuring him, and he was arrested after a short pursuit and hospitalized in a jail ward in Phoenix.
But days later after being transferred to a Pinal County Jail, Perez was mistakenly released on $320 bond.
Pinal County officials said at the time they never received the proper charging paperwork, and so he was charged only with a misdemeanor drug offense.
We now know Perez fled to Mexico.
Perez, who is from Blackwater, Ariz., faces charges of aggravated assault on police officers, misconduct involving weapons, and felony theft in Pinal County. He also faces federal charges.
Perez was first indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2011. In June 2012, a superseding indictment alleged that Perez interfered with commerce by threats, violence and robbery; used a firearm in a crime of violence; was a felon in possession of a firearm; and stole firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.
"Anytime we can take a violent fugitive, one that's so brazen that he's willing to pull a firearm on law enforcement officers, that's a good day to get him off the street," Mangan said.
Perez is facing up to life in prison if he’s found guilty of the charges.