Felon with gun flees police in Grover Beach neighborhood

April 25, 2016
Joseph Martin Chavez

Joseph Martin Chavez

A felon with a loaded firearm fled police through a Grover Beach residential neighborhood on Saturday. Officers eventually arrested the man and found his gun in a woman’s backyard.

Around 10:44 a.m., Grover Beach officers responded to the area of 13th Street and Highland Way to check the welfare of a man lying on the sidewalk. When the officers arrived, Joseph Martin Chavez, 35, from Guadalupe took off and jumped multiple fences, according to the Grover Beach Police Department.

Officers established a perimeter and and later contacted Chavez as he was walking at the corner of S. 14th Street and Baden Avenue. Police took Chavez into custody.

Shortly later, a resident called to report finding a sweatshirt in her yard with a firearm inside. The gun was loaded, and officers determined both the firearm and sweatshirt belonged to Chavez.

Police charged Chavez with having to outstanding warrants, being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, providing a false name and violating probation. Officers booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Chavez remains in jail with his bail set at $70,000. Arroyo Grande police and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies helped Grover Beach police make the arrest.




  1. AmericaBeautiful says:

    Oh gee. From Sanctuary City Guadalupe. Who would have ever guessed.

  2. CentralcoastRN says:

    OMG why are you guys so cynical? He totally looks like Grover Beach neighborhood watch. I am sure he was taking a nap on the sidewalk. Good sidewalk in Grover is hard to find.

  3. justbeware says:

    Another loser, sucking us dry.
    Appears he won’t meet life expectancy at the rate he’s going.

  4. Pelican1 says:

    Imagine that! Yet another felon in possession of a firearm…and so it goes.

  5. charger805 says:

    Do online newspapers not have editors?

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