Leon Palomares booking photo
SALINAS — Salinas Police assisted the US Marshall’s Office in capturing 30-year-old wanted fugitive Agustin Leon-Palomares at a local hotel on Fairview Avenue in Salinas.
This follows last week’s attempt, during which he managed to escape under cover of darkness during a 40-hour standoff that had closed off a North Salinas neighborhood.
On Monday night, officials from the U.S. Marshals Office posed as utility workers at the America’s Best Value Inn on Fairview Avenue after receiving a tip that Palomares was holed up inside. A member of the community had apparently recognized the tattoo on his neck and notified authorities.
With the assistance of both the Salinas Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Office was able to locate Palomares and arrest him without further incident.
Palomares was wanted out of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for terroristic threats, felon in possession of a weapon, and other charges. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail but is due to be extradited to Santa Cruz County Jail.