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Man seen inside torched building arrested for multiple warrants

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POSTED November 10, 2012 1:46 a.m.

A Manteca transient was arrested for several outstanding felony warrants after he was seen hanging out around Thursday’s torched outbuilding at North Union and Lathrop roads at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

It was not determined that he had anything to do with what was believed to have been another Manteca arson fire causing thousands of dollars in damage.

A handyman who had worked for the building’s owners, reported seeing 40-year-old Joseph Anthony Campbell inside the structure and attempted to delay him with conversation until police arrived.

Sgt. Louis Clark said no 911 call had been received as two detectives spotted the man walking on nearby Lathrop Road and recognized him for having warrants out for his arrest.  Clark said Ian Osborn and Armen Avakian kept their distance but kept him under visual surveillance until black and white units could respond to the area.  Campbell recognized the officers and fled into the adjacent neighborhood on foot. 

Officers searched the neighborhood finally going to the aid of the man in a back yard in the 1900 block of Arrowsmith Drive after canine officer Jason Massey brought his police dog onto the scene that tracked the suspect down.  The dog put the suspect under submission leaving bites to his buttocks and to the left side of his back.

Following booking in the Manteca Police Department jail, Campbell was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his dog bites and then transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

He is scheduled to appear in the San Joaquin County Superior Court in Manteca next Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with bail set at $153,500.

Campbell’s three warrants involved some nine felonies including multiple auto thefts, and burglaries both commercial and domestic, according to the Sheriff’s website.

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