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5-hour North Manteca search yields home invasion suspect

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5-hour North Manteca search yields home invasion suspect

Home invasion robbery suspect Charles Owen Perry, 25, of Stockton, is led to a waiting patrol car by a Stockton officer after being found in a back yard storage shed on Birchwood Street.

GIL POMALES/The Bulletin


POSTED September 12, 2013 12:39 a.m.

A Stockton man charged with eight felonies – including a home invasion robbery – was tracked down by Stockton Police, U.S. Marshals, and Manteca Police officers in a five-hour dragnet Wednesday that began at 10 a.m.

The Stockton officers and marshals followed up a tip that Charles Owen Perry, 25, was at an apartment in the 100 block of Northgate Drive, according to police spokesman Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police.  The home invasion occurred on Monday in Weston Ranch. There were no injuries in the incident, but property was taken.

Silva said the suspect fled from the apartment complex when he spotted the officers, jumping back fences on Crestwood Avenue east of North Main Street.  Stockton officers requested backup from the Manteca Police Department and its canine units adding to a dog of their own.

Patrol cars were parked in and around the neighborhoods south of Northgate Drive that includes Laurelwood Court and Stonewood Avenue with the officers going door-to-door, often seen with their weapons drawn.  Residents said they had heard the man was believed to be armed with three guns, a 9-millimeter and .44 millimeter hand guns along with an AK-47 assault rifle.  The actual possession of those weapons was never confirmed by police.

Stonewood Avenue resident Bill Park said he didn’t realize anything was going on outside his home until armed officers knocked on his front door and told him a man they were following had just jumped over his back fence.

Some two hours into the dragnet the Manteca team was pulled off the search with only two Stockton patrol units left to patrol the area with three unmarked detective cars going as far north as Lathrop Road and checking the bike path as well.

It was about 2 p.m. when mutual aid was again requested that the Manteca units returned to the search, but this time farther to the north.  Again they went door-to-door but east of Crestwood Avenue and south of Lathrop Road.  It took about 45 minutes for the officers to complete their house-to-house searches coming to the last house where the suspect was hiding.

Officers were suddenly running toward a home to back up officers at the northeast corner of Crestwood and Birchwood avenues and alerted others that someone had been located in a backyard at that location in a metal tool shed.  Perry had a blanket pulled over him inside what was literally a hot box in the sun.  Officers said two other suspects in the Stockton home invasion remain at large.

Perry was taken to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where his bail was set at $613,000 being charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor.  He will appear at the Stockton Courthouse on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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