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 January 3rd, 2014  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office starts off 2014 with arrest of violent fugitive from Toledo, Ohio, according to Sheriff Mascara
Warrants detectives of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office started the New Year with the arrest of a violent fugitive wanted in Toledo, Ohio, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The arrest of Jesse Perez, 34 (DOB 11/20/79), is a great example of the year-round teamwork between the U.S. Marshals Service and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Mascara said. "Thanks to information from the U.S. Marshals, we were able to take Jesse Perez into custody on New Year's Day at the McDonald's restaurant at 615 North U.S.1, Fort Pierce."

Perez is wanted in Lucas County (Toledo), Ohio, on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in marijuana and illegally conveying drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, Sheriff Mascara said. At the time of his arrest, he was considered armed and dangerous, with a violent history of crimes in Ohio. The last time he was arrested in that state, he was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault rifle.

St. Lucie County warrants detectives received information on Dec. 31 from U.S. Marshals in Toledo, Ohio, that Perez was staying with a friend in the Fort Pierce area. Sheriff's detectives from the agency's Warrants Unit and Special Investigations Unit began surveillance on a home where Perez was believed to be staying.

The morning of Jan. 1, they received information that Perez was at the McDonald's restaurant where deputies took him into custody without incident.

He remains confined at the St. Lucie County jail pending extradition to Ohio.

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