BPD arrest Colorado fugitive

Published 5:12 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Officers with the Brewton Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department are responsible for putting a wanted fugitive behind bars.
Ralph Perez Gonzales Jr., 34, of Colorado, was arrested by Brewton Police officers at a residence on Franklin Avenue.
Lt. Bryan Davis with the Narcotics Division with Brewton Police Department said the arrest was made after the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department provided a tip.
“We followed their tip and investigated the information on Gonzales,” Davis said. “We determined he was a fugitive from the state of Colorado and had a warrant for his arrest for parole violations. He had also failed to register as a sex offender in Colorado and fled to Alabama.”
Davis said Gonzales was listed on the Colorado sex offender Web site as having failed to register.
“Our officers went to the Franklin Avenue residence and found Gonzales inside the home,” Davis said. “He gave our officers false information in an attempt to mislead the officers in uncovering his true identity.”
Gonzales was arrested on the Colorado warrant and was also charged with false identity to obstruct justice.
“This was a great networking effort between the agencies and the officers,” Davis said. “We were able to get this fugitive off the streets.”
Officers assisting in the investigation and arrest of Gonzales were Brewton Police officers Alvin Hayes, William Mosley, Nicholas Stanley, Russell Clausell, Sgt. Travis Shoumake and Lt. Bryan Davis; and Escambia County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.
Gonzalez was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center where he was booked on the charges against him. No information on bond in the case was available Wednesday.