Coos K-9 tracks, captures Salem man who eluded police by car and on foot

Javier Munoz (Coos County Sheriff's office booking photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A sheriff's office K9 unit was called in and ultimately captured a suspect who attempted to elude multiple law enforcement agencies in Coos County by car and on foot.

Tuesday evening, information was relayed from Curry County to Coos County deputies regarding a woman reporting she'd been involved in a domestic dispute.

Police say she was in the Coos Bay area and had fled a vehicle when her boyfriend stopped at the Pacific Pride fuel station south of Coos Bay.

Oregon State Police became the primary agency and, during the investigation, determined the man involved was a convicted felon and in possession of a firearm. He had also made threats to law enforcement, the report said.

The man, identified as 39-year-old Javier B. Munoz of Salem, also had multiple outstanding arrest warrants.

Multiple officers from several agencies attempted to locate Munoz, who was eventually spotted by OSP driving eastbound on Hwy 42 near milepost 29. The trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Munoz made a U-turn, nearly striking the trooper’s vehicle as he fled westbound on the highway at a high rate of speed.

The trooper lost sight of him, but Munoz subsequently crashed near milepost 28, police said, and then fled on foot into the woods.

Officers from Coquille PD, Myrtle Point PD and Coos County Sheriff's Office arrived and CCSO K9 Odin was called to the scene to track.

The K9 tracked along an old logging road on the north side of Hwy 42 and found Munoz near an old logging landing hiding in a wooded area.

Munoz failed to comply with commands to surrender and, after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.

Munoz was treated on scene for minor injuries from the crash and bite wounds from K9 Odin. The vehicle was totaled as a result of the crash.

Police said a loaded pistol was recovered from inside the car.

Munoz was charged with reckless driving, reckless endangering a person, failure to perform duties in an accident (property damage), attempt to elude by vehicle, attempt to elude on foot, second degree criminal trespass, and possession of firearm by a felon.

He was issued several violation citations and warnings.

An additional theft charge will be referred for the phone and luggage belonging to the woman, the report said.

This marked the 61st capture of K9 Odin’s 2-and-a-half year career.

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