Five arrested in Dunkirk street sweep initiative

brian montanez and edward perez-masonet and jose ruiz

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Law enforcement agencies teamed up in the City of Dunkirk Thursday to search for suspects wanted on outstanding warrants or on probation or parole and suspected of engaging in criminal activity.

In all, five people were arrested, with the first being Edward Perez-Masonet. Authorities say the 28-year-old is wanted on a warrant for second degree menacing and trespass and when officers approached him, he took off on foot.

The chase was brief before Perez-Masonet was tackled and subdued. He is now additionally charged with resisting arrest and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is being held in lieu of bail.

Next, officers arrested Brian Montanez, who was out on parole but suspected of engaging in narcotics trafficking. Authorities visited his home and found $600 in cocaine, drug scales and packaging materials.

The 25-year-old is charged with third and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and violating parole. He is being held without bail.

After arresting Montanez, parole agents took Walter Barnard into custody. Police say the 44-year-old was in violation of his parole for failing to comply with the terms of his release. He is being held without bail.

The fourth arrest came when officers visited the home of Jose Ruiz, who is on parole and was suspected of selling drugs. Parole agents say Ruiz was non-compliant after they entered his home and fought with officers after they advised he was being placed under arrest. Pepper spray was used to subdue the 27-year-old man and take him into custody.

Police say Ruiz was in possession of several bags of cocaine as well as packaging materials. He is being held without bail on charges of violating his parole as well as third and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

The final person arrested was Julie Ralph, who is Ruiz’s mother. Police say she became irate with officers, leading them to check her records. They discovered she is wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay parking tickets. She posted bail and was released.

Dunkirk City Police, New York State Parole, and the Chautauqua County Department of Probation all took part in the street sweep effort, which lasted around four hours.

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