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Man arrested after fleeing from police

Roswell Police Department officers survey the area near South Mulberry Avenue and East Alameda Street Thursday evening after a person driving a vehicle without a tail lamp had ran from police. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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A man that fled from police after providing false information during a traffic stop Thursday was found hours later.

According to an arrest report from the Roswell Police Department, 23-year-old Gonzalo Julian Bonilla had identified himself as “Julian Sanchez” and provided a date of birth that was not on file for police when he was stopped at the corner of South Mulberry Avenue and East Alameda Street around 5:18 p.m.

When RPD officer Ashley Wood asked Bonilla for his social security number to help identify him, she noted that she could smell an odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. When the social security number came back belonging to a female instead, the officer requested an additional unit.

“The driver then fled on foot towards the alley north of Alameda,” the report stated. “I chased the subject all the way to the area of Ash and Walnut where I lost sight of him.”

Police said Bonilla’s vehicle was later towed to the RPD’s north garage pending a search warrant.

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Less than two hours later, officers received a call from the 100 block of South Beech in reference to a male subject running in the alley behind his house.

The description that the caller had provided matched the description of Bonilla, authorities said.

Bonilla was found hiding behind a shed at East First Street and North Atkinson Avenue.

Police said that dispatch had advised them that Bonilla had a probation violation in Chaves County Magistrate Court and a failure to pay child support charge in district court. A plastic container with marijuana was found in the suspect’s pocket.

Bonilla, who was transported to the Chaves County Detention Center, was charged with failure to comply, failure to pay child support and attempting to elude an officer.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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