Updated: 11:30 PM
Video report by Patrick Walker
UPDATE: Yuma police have confirmed that Jesse Teposte is now in custody.
The Yuma Police Department along with numerous local law enforcement agencies continued the search for Jesse Ramos Teposte Friday. Teposte was wanted for being involved in the Armed Robbery of the Arco Iris Snack Bar, at 1225 W. 8th Street, on September 27th, 2012, along with having an outstanding felony arrest warrant.
Friday afternoon, YPD got word that Teposte was possibly hiding in an apartment in Somerton, Arizona.
The Yuma Police Department along with the Somerton Police Department, US Marshall’s Office, Cocopah Police Department, and US Border Patrol conducted surveillance in the area.
At 6:20 p.m. Friday, Teposte was seen exiting the apartment which was near the intersection of State Street & George Street. Teposte fled on foot from officers. After a short foot pursuit, Teposte was taken into custody with the assistance of an YPD Patrol Canine who subdued Teposte until officers were able to take him into custody.
Teposte was transported to the Yuma Regional Medical Center by the Somerton Fire Department. Teposte is still currently receiving medical treatment for injuries he received from the being subdued by the YPD Canine.
Once Teposte is released from YRMC, Teposte will be booked into the Yuma County Detention Center, for Armed Robbery and for an outstanding Felony Arrest Warrant involving Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and Obstruction of a Criminal Investigation in relation to a Domestic Violence case.
The Yuma Police Department encourages anyone with any information about this case to please call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 783-4421 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous. Teposte allegedly walked into a snow cone shop on 8th Avenue and robbed the store Thursday.
Jesus Valenzuela, who was working at the front counter, said that’s when Teposte flashed a gun and demanded money.
"He came in, wrapped it, had it covered with a black rag," Valenzuela said about the gun.
After taking the money, Valenzuela says Teposte ran outside and hopped into a woman’s car. Although Teposte had a gun, the owners of the shop were not going to let him get away without a fight.
"My mom comes outside with a knife, pops a tire, goes this way, I start running after him and then my dad comes behind him,” explained Valenzuela. Teposte and the driver were still able to get away. Police found the car a short time later near 12th Street and 8th Avenue, and began searching the neighborhood.
Officers found and arrested the vehicle’s driver, who police are not identifying at this time.
The snow cone shop stayed open after the robbery, and the shops owners say they did not feel like they were specifically targeted.
When asked if he felt the crime was random, Valenzuela replied, “It would be random. Just never seen him before.” Valenzuela says Teposte got away with a small amount of money, about $30 in cash.