A parolee who eluded Desert Hot Springs police on several recent occasions was nabbed today for alleged parole violations.
Anthony Menjarez Napoles, 27, was arrested in the area of Flora and Palm avenues, according to DHS police Cmdr. Ken Peary. He said officers were called to the location around noon to investigate suspicious activity and spotted Napoles, who attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.
Napoles was placed on Post-Release Community Supervision last November, which makes him the responsibility of Riverside County. Under “realignment” legislation signed into law last year, counties are tasked with supervising the
bulk of parolees released back into their communities following release from prison.
Only so-called “high-risk” sex offenders, mentally disordered offenders and repeat offenders with violent histories continue to be supervised by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The county is also responsible for prosecuting parole violators, who can serve their sentences in already-overcrowded local jails.
Peary said Napoles was previously convicted of grand theft and burglary. Since February, the ex-con has been arrested for alleged parole violations three times.
“Napoles has run from officers on two other occasions and was not taken into custody,” Peary said.
The parolee was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he was being held without bail.