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Man tries to test drive truck to Mexico

Juan Almanza-Perez (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office) Juan Almanza-Perez (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A man was arrested after trying to take a truck from a Jonesboro dealership to Mexico.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, an officer was dispatched to the Central GMC Dealership, 3207 S. Stadium Blvd., around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dispatch told the officer that a male suspect was attempting to test drive a vehicle to Mexico and "acting crazy."

When the officer arrived, he made contact with Juan Almanza-Perez, 61, who said he was taking one of the trucks from the dealership to Mexico. He then pointed to a red GMC truck in the parking lot.

He told the officer he was trying to get to Mexico to visit his mother’s grave.

An employee told the officer that Perez was attempting to steal the red truck when he tried to test drive the truck.

The employee said that once he was inside the truck with Perez, Perez stated that instead of going on a test drive he was taking the both of them to Mexico.

Once the employee convinced Perez to take him back to the dealership, he took the keys out of the ignition and called police. 

The officer asked Perez if he bought the truck and he answered that he did not.

The officer then asked why he thought he would be able to take the truck to Mexico.

Perez said he would give the dealership his USA Permanent Resident card as collateral, according to the report. 

The officer asked if he had money for a bus ticket but Perez said he only had gas money.

The officer told Perez that the dealership does not want to do business with him, that they wanted him to leave the dealership and that he was not welcome back.

Perez refused to leave and he was told that if he did not leave he would be arrested.

Perez still did not leave, so the officer placed him under arrest, searched him and put him in his patrol car.

He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and charged with criminal attempt and criminal trespass.

He is being held in the detention center in lieu of a Probable Cause hearing.

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