2 Atwater men arrested after struggle with police

May 19, 2013 

ATWATER — A wanted parolee was taken into custody Saturday, but not before a handful of family members tried to stop his arrest, police reported.

The 23-year-old man, identified as Donovan Perez, was spotted around 8:09 p.m. in the 2800 block of Nashua Street in Atwater, said Lt. Sam Joseph. When officers tried to arrest him, Perez attempted to flee by jumping over a fence.

Perez was caught and taken into custody, Joseph said.

The suspect’s brother, Ulysses Perez, 25, began to interfere with the arrest and refused to step away from officers, Joseph said.

The officer used his Taser gun to stop Ulysses Perez, striking him in the upper torso. Ulysses Perez, who is also on parole, was taken into custody for delaying and obstructing.

During the process, a large group of friends and relatives appeared, Joseph said. They began yelling, cursing and taunting the officers, he said.

While transporting the brothers to jail, Donavan removed his seat belt and began kicking the vehicle’s door and window, causing the officer to pull over.

While trying to restrain Donovan to the ground, his brother Ulysses removed his seat belt and ran out of the patrol unit, Joseph said.

Officers caught Ulysses across the street, and took him into custody without further incident.

The brothers were booked for violation of parole and resisting arrest. Ulysses was also booked for attempting to escape from police, according to Joseph.

Both men are being held at the Merced County Jail with no bail because of prior parole violations.

-- Ramona Giwargis

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