DUNKIRK -- Five Dunkirk residents were taken into custody Thursday evening in what police officials called an "intensive street level investigation aimed at removing unsavory elements from the streets."
Edward Perez-Montanez, 28; Brian S. Montanez, 25; Walter F. Barnard, 44; Jose J. Ruiz, 27; and Julie A. Ralph, 45, were all charged after police launched a search of suspects who were wanted on outstanding warrants or were already on probation or parole and were suspected of engaging in additional criminal activity.
At about 7 p.m., members of the Dunkirk Police Departments Special Response Team were joined by agents from New York State Parole and Chautauqua County Probation.
Brian S. Montanez
Walter F. Barnard
Jose J. Ruiz
Perez-Montanez, who was wanted for second-degree menacing and trespassing, was the first suspect taken into custody when officers spotted him at 7:45 p.m. When officers approached, the suspect fled on foot, leading officers on a brief foot pursuit in the area of lower Ruggles Street before being tackled and subdued. He was additionally charged with resisting arrest and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after officers located a small quantity of narcotics in his possession. Perez-Montanex was taken to police headquarters and held in lieu of bail.
At about 8:25 p.m., officers and parole agents checked 92 King St. and found Montanez. Upon entry, agents seized $600 worth of cocaine powder, drug scales and packaging materials. Montanez was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and violation of parole. He was being held without bail pending arraignment.
Parole agents and officers conducted another home check at 29 W. Lucas Ave. and took Barnard into custody around 9:20 p.m. for failing to comply with the terms of his parole. After being taken to police headquarters, Barnard was turned over to Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies for transport to county jail. He was also held without bail.
Ruiz was taken into custody shortly after 9:30 p.m. when officers made a visit to 502 Brigham Road where Ruiz was suspected of engaging in narcotics trafficking. Upon entry, Ruiz was non-compliant with instructions and refused to comply with a pat-down search for weapons. He then struggled with officers after they advised him that he was under arrest. Ruiz was eventually subdued with pepper spray. He was found to be in possession of several bags of cocaine powder along with packaging materials used for distributing narcotics. He was taken to police headquarters and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and violation of parole.
During the incident, Ralph, who is Ruizs mother, became irate with officers. A record check identified that she was wanted for failure to pay parking tickets and she was taken to police headquarters, where the later posted bail and was released.