BURGLARY SUSPECT IN GRANITE HILLS ARRESTED

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September 10, 2013 (El Cajon) – On September 8 at 3:13 p.m., Lemon Grove Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a residential burglary in progress at a home in the 1800 block of Granite Hills Dr., in unincorporated El Cajon. The homeowner reported that an unknown male suspect jumped out of a window to his home and fled in a black Ford Taurus northbound on Granite Hills Drive.

“Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter was requested by responding deputies to search the area for the suspect's vehicle,” said Sgt. James Blanton. “Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Kenneth Feistel was first to arrive at the residence. Upon arrival, a neighbor and witness reported the suspect's physical description to Deputy Feistel. He relayed the description to other responding deputies”.

The suspect was described as a white male adult, 5'11", 180 lbs., black hair, blue jeans, driving an older model black Ford Taurus. At about 3:31 p.m. Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Timothy Zacharzuk advised that he had spotted a vehicle matching the suspect's in a nearby motel parking lot on El Cajon Boulevard in El Cajon. The vehicle was not occupied, and Deputy Zacharzuk began to wait on the street for additional units to arrive. However, a few minutes later ASTREA advised that the vehicle was exiting the motel's parking lot.

Deputy Zacharzuk saw that the vehicle was occupied by one man, Sgt. Blanton said. “Deputy Zacharzuk began to follow the vehicle as ASTREA gave out his direction of travel. Deputy Feistel, who had been relieved at the residence by other Lemon Grove deputies, caught up to Deputy Zacharzuk's patrol vehicle. The two K-9 deputies initiated a "High Risk" traffic stop in the 160 block of N. Ivory Avenue,” he added.

The suspect, identified as Jere Eugene Bunnell, Jr., exited the black Ford Taurus and was detained by the K-9 deputies without further incident. He fit the physical description of the suspect. There were no other occupants inside the vehicle.