Sheriff's Office Looking For 30 That Fled From Police


The Gila County Sheriff’s Office says it's looking for 30 people who ran into the forest south of town this afternoon.

About 2:45 p.m., a deputy attempted to pull over a Ford van on northbound Highway 87 for a routine traffic stop. Instead of stopping, however, the driver of the van drove off.

The van headed down Forest Service Road 208, toward the rifle range. About 300 yards past the Jim Jones Shooting Range entrance, everyone in the van fled into the forest, including the driver.

The GCSO suspects the people have entered the country illegally from Mexico.

Lt. Tim Scott said if residents spot someone suspicious in the area, especially near Oxbow Estates and Round Valley, to call the GCSO at (928) 474-2208.

So far, they have yet to locate anyone from the van.


H. Wm. Rhea III 3 years ago

30 people in a van! Crap, I thought the Chinese could pack 'em in, but evidently not.


H. Wm. Rhea III 3 years ago

I imagine that 30 people, if it's really that many, suddenly bolting out of a vehicle would be a bit startling to an officer, so maybe the count is a little off. The good news is that the illegals will stay close by to the roads. Otherwise, they risk life and limb out in the cold, which according to my computer, is nearing the freezing mark at 10:00 pm.


Heather Dotson 3 years ago

but for them to not have found any of them? Seems kind of odd.


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