Man who evaded deputies in May arrested on warrant

Jose Armando Arriaga Ruiz

Jose Armando Arriaga Ruiz


A former Tahoe man who crashed a car while fleeing deputies on May 31 is back in Douglas custody after he was arrested on a warrant.

Jose Armando Arriaga Ruiz, 24, was picked up on Wednesday in Utah and flown back to Nevada to face felony eluding and fake identity charges in Tahoe Township on Thursday.

A deputy contacted Arriaga Ruiz and a woman at 10:50 p.m. May 30 after they were seen smoking marijuana. He learned that Arriaga Ruiz license had been revoked for DUI.

About four hours later, the deputy was in the Roundhill Safeway when he saw the woman. He spotted the BMW the pair were seen with earlier in the parking lot and watched as Arriaga Ruiz got into the drivers seat and began to leave. When he spotted the patrol vehicle, Arriaga Ruiz revved up the engine and headed east on Highway 50. The deputy followed and Arriaga Ruiz turned off his headlights and was pulling away. The deputy activated his lights and sped up to 100 mph to try and catch Arriaga Ruiz. On a corner near Tamarack Drive, the deputy spotted a big cloud of dust and was able to stop 5 feet from the BMW, which had crashed into a rock wall and was facing the other way.

Upon crashing Arriaga Ruiz bailed out of the vehicle, leaving the woman behind. During a search of the BMW, deputies found two firearms a wallet and what appeared to be a fictious Social Security Card.

• A Sparks man who has been in prison for robbery and possession of stolen property is facing a residential burglary charge in East Fork Justice Court.

Oscar Daniel Montalvo, 32, was booked into Douglas County Jail at noon Sunday, where he is being held on $35,000 bail.

According to court documents, Montalvo’s fingerprints were found at a home on Skyline in northern Carson Valley on July 24 after the residents reported a burglary. They said that the theft happened while they were outside working in the yard.

In September, the fingerprints came back to Montalvo, who was convicted of robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison from possession of a stolen vehicle in 2007.

His most recent conviction was November 2019 in Washoe County, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. Montalvo is scheduled to return to East Fork Justice Court on Nov. 24.

• A California man arrested in February for possession of stolen property in Carson City waived a preliminary hearing on Wednesday and is expected to appear in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 29.

Daniel Jonathon McRunnel, 25, was one of three people arrested in Carson City in a theft on Feb. 8.

• A homeless man accused of felony third-degree arson is scheduled to appear in district court on Dec. 7.

Lee Alan Knapp, 40, is accused of setting three fires Oct. 22 near the Clear Creek Shopping Center on both sides of the Douglas-Carson line.

He waived a preliminary hearing in the case on Wednesday. A plea agreement will resolve all the charges, attorney Maria Pence said. Prosecutors are free to argue for any lawful sentence.


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