Two Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals in Tulare County Arrested in One Week
Photo: Roy Perez
TULARE – Two suspects on Tulare County’s top ten most wanted list are now under arrest.
The first arrest was of Roman Lopez. The 28-year old was spotted in a vehicle by Avenue 304 and Road 168 Thursday afternoon.
He was with his girlfriend, Marisol Martinez. When police signaled for them to pull over, they drove into an orchard and found temporary coverage from deputies.
A perimeter was set up and when the vehicle exited the orchard it was promptly stopped. Inside was Marisol, but no Roman. Deputies closed in on Roman who was hiding in the orchard.
Already a wanted man for striking a 3-month old infant, he will now also face resisting arrest charges and possession of methamphetamine. He is being held at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. His girlfriend was charged for harboring a fugitive.
The second arrest occurred on October 23rd. Drugs sales landed 43-year old Roy Perez on the list. He spent less than four days on it before getting busted. He is also a person of interest in Operation Rough Riders, where multiple gang members were arrested for their involvement in sending drugs to Tulare County jails.
Perez was found by TCSO CATTCH Unit at a motel on K Street in Tulare. An unknown amount of drugs was discarded down the toilet before a search began.
Perez, however, could not escape down a toilet. He was arrested and is currently at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility facing several charges including destruction of evidence and possession of a controlled substance.