El Centro police officers responded to a robbery in the 2200 block of North Imperial Avenue near Target on April 18, at 10:42 p.m. The caller stated a Hispanic male had cut his neck with a box cutter and stole his wallet. The victim provided a description of the suspect and a direction of travel. Officers immediately flooded the area in search of the suspect with the assistance of the Imperial Valley Aerial Narcotics Enforcement (IVANE) helicopter and officers from the Imperial Police Department.
IVANE was able to locate a heat signature near a residence in the 1200 block of El Dorado using the onboard thermal imaging camera system. IVANE directed officers to this location where they found the suspect, later identified as Anthony Perez (28 year old resident of El Centro), hiding near several trash cans.
Officers gave commands for Perez to come out of hiding; however, Perez refused to comply and kept his hands hidden from the officers’ view. Officers requested the assistance of an El Centro Police Department K‐9. Once the K‐9 arrived and began barking, Perez immediately surrendered and was arrested. Perez was booked at the Imperial County Jail for robbery and attempted murder (Booking #16‐2487).
This is yet another example of the great partnerships local law enforcement in Imperial County enjoy. Had it not been for the joint efforts of all involved, this individual would not have been brought to justice as swiftly as he was. Further, the assistance of a police K‐9 prevented officers from having to use force or possibly suffer injuries from the still armed suspect. The El Centro Police Department is dedicated to protecting and serving our community and the professionalism displayed by everyone involved is to be commended.