Fugitive Caught in Odessa

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - NewsWest 9 has learned that the fugitive who has escaped law enforcement at least three times in the past week has finally been caught in Odessa.

Authorities tell NewsWest 9, 25-year-old Eric Perez was caught in 1100 block of North Texas in Odessa with his girlfriend, 27-year-old Sonnie Kunkle, just after 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

NewsWest 9 has reported several times over the past week about authorities locating Perez. Authorities were first looking for Perez after Martin County deputies were attempting to serve a felony warrant for Perez at his residence back on Dec. 28. Perez jumped into a car and attempted to run over a sheriff's deputy. Several shots were fired into the car but Perez escaped.

The next time was after authorities pulled over Perez on Highway 80 on New Year's Day. During a search, he took off and authorities spent several hours searching for him near the Midland International Airport.

The last time was on Thursday night when Perez was seen at Kelly Grimsley Auto Group in Odessa.

Perez is currently being held at the Ector County Sheriff's Office and will be transported to the Midland County Sheriff's Office.

Kunkle was also arrested for warrants out of Martin County but it is unknown if it is in connection with Kunkle helping Perez hide out.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force spearheaded the effort to apprehend Perez using "good 'ole fashion" police work (i.e. interviewing and surveillance.)