Arrest becomes family affair in Atwater

Police: 2 brothers held, kin taunt cops

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMay 20, 2013 

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

The 23-year-old man, identified as Donovan Perez, was spotted about 8 p.m. Saturday 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.

One officer used a Taser to subdue Ulysses Perez, who is on parole. He was arrested Saturday for delaying and obstructing officers.

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, Donovan removed his seat belt and began kicking the vehicle's door and window, leading the officer to pull over.

While the officer tried to restrain Donovan, his brother removed his seat belt and ran from the patrol vehicle, Joseph said.

Officers caught Ulysses across the street, taking him back into custody without further incident.

Escape charge added

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

The men are being held without bail at the Merced County Jail because of prior parole violations.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or

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