Update: Suspect in custody

UPDATE from Mono County Sheriff’s Office

Pursuit and manhunt in Benton: Wanted suspect captured

During the very early hours of Saturday, September 26, 2015, California Highway Patrol stopped a suspect on Highway 6 for a traffic violation. The suspect was identified as Jason Wolter, age 42, of Acton, California. Mr. Wolter fled from the CHP when they attempted to arrest him for a felony warrant out of Los Angeles County.

Mr. Wolter was later located by CHP on a dirt road outside of Benton. Mr. Wolter fled again, eventually abandoning his vehicle on Black Rock Mine Road. Law enforcement officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management responded to assist.

With help from a CHP helicopter, all responding agencies searched high and low for this definitely dangerous and possibly armed suspect, but were unable to locate him after several hours. Mr. Wolter had no known means of communication or sustenance.  Mono County Sheriff’s deputies continued to saturate and patrol the area where Mr. Wolter was last seen in an effort to protect the Benton and Chalfant communities.

The diligent effort of the deputies paid off. Mr. Wolter was located near some large sage brush on Black Rock Mine Road shortly after sunset on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Mr. Wolter was taken into custody and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.

Jason Shane Wolter, age 42, of Acton, California, was arrested for PC 3455(b)(1) – revocation, modification or termination of post-release community suspension and VC 2800.0 – driving in willful or wanton disregard for safety of persons or property while fleeing from pursuing police officers.

Mr. Wolter is currently in custody with all charges pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office thanks all the cooperating agencies for responding quickly and working together to capture this wanted suspect.

We also thank the community members of Benton and Chalfant for your patience and assistance during this incident.

Reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer  

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Mono County Sheriff’s Office press release

During the very early hours of Saturday, September 26, 2015, California Highway Patrol stopped a suspect on Highway 6 for a traffic violation. The suspect was identified as Jason Wolter, age 42, white male, 5’7”.

Jason Wolter

Jason Wolter

Mr. Wolter fled from the CHP when they attempted to arrest him for a felony warrant. Mr. Wolter was later located by CHP on a dirt road outside of Benton.

Wolter fled again, eventually abandoning his vehicle on Black Rock Mine Road. Law enforcement officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management responded to assist.

With help from a CHP helicopter, all responding agencies searched high and low for this definitely dangerous and possibly armed suspect, but were unable to locate him after several hours.

Mr. Wolter has no known means of communication or sustenance.  Law enforcement will continue to search for Mr. Wolter throughout the night.

We ask the public to be extremely careful in the hills above Benton and to please not pick up any hitchhikers. A CodeRed was put out to the surrounding community warning them of the law enforcement activity.

If you have any information, or see, Mr. Wolter, please contact law enforcement immediately.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the cooperating agencies for responding quickly and working together.

 

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9 Responses to Update: Suspect in custody

  1. Low-Inyo September 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Is this guy a local …..meaning Mono County,Inyo County,etc ….or an out-of-towner ? Better to keep an eye out on the highways and towns if the public knows if he’s either hiding out local or making his way out of town and back to where he lives to an area he’s familiar with and has family and/or friends.

     
  2. Low-Inyo September 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Dept.,appears ,from what they say,”the search is over for this suspect “,saying little else other than that….Hmmmm….can’t wait to see what that means….maybe this guy was caught and is going to go to jail….then get OR’ed or bailed out Monday morning….go to trial in 2 or 3 years….but only after he re-offends a time or two….probably not show up for his court date and have another warrant put out for him,only to flee again if he’s pulled over……or does it mean he maybe did something really stupid when he was spotted and harsher justice was doled out,and the public isn’t going to have to “be on the lookout ” or put in danger again with him in the future,or,as the Kern County Sheriff sometimes says…”We don’t have to worry about trying to rehabilitate this guy anymore “…I’m sure we’ll soon find out….

     
  3. Red wave September 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    I am so sick of cowards in our eastern Sierra!!!!

     
    • Trouble September 29, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      I don’t know red wave, would you call Dillinger a coward?

       
    • Ted Snooze September 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

      I think you’re being a little too harsh on the local constabulary Red wave.

       
    • Low-Inyo September 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Red wave….I’m not sure “cowards” is a good word to use on this story….but I do agree about the low-lifes coming through….or worse yet MOVING up here and then thinking they’re still in the big city and able to duck-and-dodge and do as they please,as far as drugs and trying to be slick, stealing and mooching off of others.

       
  4. Charles O. Jones September 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Good job!

     
  5. Trouble September 30, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    Question of the day:
    Did Rodney King have a good reason to run from the cops?

     
  6. So Cal October 3, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Trouble….ask the sheriff about Rodney king shes familiar….

    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-23/local/me-49280_1_highway-patrolman

     

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