Felon with gun flees police in Grover Beach neighborhood
April 25, 2016
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.