Sister charged with aiding fugitive Gomez
March 26, 2014
The sister of a Douglas County man arrested in California after eluding capture for several months has been charged with a gross misdemeanor for allegedly aiding and abetting her brother.
Juana Gomez, 33, turned herself in to officials on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
She is the sister of David Gomez, 31, who is in custody in Antioch, Calif., awaiting extradition to Douglas County for felony charges.
East Fork Justice Tom Perkins released Juana Gomez on Wednesday on her own recognizance.
He appointed attorney Derrick Lopez to represent her, and set her next court appearance for April. 2.
She asked the judge for release, saying she had three children to care for, and promised to make all her court appearances.
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"I have no reason to run," Gomez said. "I have lived here, in the same house, since I was 13. I just got a job and I have three children."
Prosecutor Erik Levin asked the bail remain at $10,000 cash.
"She is an ex-felon, and it's alleged she was aiding and abetting another dangerous felon. We take that very seriously," Levin said.
Perkins said he was taking into account the fact that David Gomez was in custody, and his sister had turned herself in.
Perkins forbid her from having any contact with her brother.
"I can't control what Mr. Gomez does, but I can control you, and protect the public safety by imposing these conditions. You have three things to do: Come to court, stay out of trouble, and don't have any contact with David Gomez," Perkins said.
According to court documents, Juana Gomez is accused of providing David Gomez with a place to stay on her family property.
When deputies responded Dec. 9, 2013, to a 911 hang-up from her residence, they discovered what they believed to be her brother's living quarters, outfitted with a surveillance system, computer and containing weapons and drug paraphernalia.
David Gomez was not there.
He was arrested March 21 in Antioch, Calif., and is being held without bail pending extradition to Douglas County Jail.
He is wanted for drug trafficking and failure to appear after he left Douglas District Court on Oct. 1, 2013, prior to a court appearance. He was being arraigned on charges of trafficking, habitual felon and possession of a dangerous weapon.
David Gomez was arrested last week in a joint effort with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Antioch Police Department. Gomez attempted to flee, but was taken into custody after a police dog bit his arm.
Gomez was arrested in May 2013 after he ran from deputies trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation.
When he was taken into custody, deputies reportedly found 27.9 grams of methamphetamine, empty plastic bags, a switchblade, a pay notebook and $457.
Gomez has a lengthy criminal history and multiple failures to appear.
He spent 3-1/2 years in prison before being released in November 2012. Gomez has served two prior prison terms for selling methamphetamine, and eluding a peace officer who believed Gomez was trying to run him over with a van.