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Hobbs woman who fled in police car arrested

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO (AP) – A woman who reportedly stole a police vehicle after the man she was with engaged in a shootout with Hobbs police in February has been arrested, police announced on Friday.

Police looking for 28-year-old Janessa Perez went to a Hobbs home on Friday afternoon and saw her peeking out the back door.

Officers surrounded the house and she surrendered.

Officers have been looking for Perez since February 23, when a man in a vehicle police thought was stranded ran away and exchanged gunfire with officers. The man was killed and an officer was wounded.

Perez was handcuffed in a police vehicle while officers tried to help 27-year-old Daniel Ramirez when she managed to drive it away.

She crashed it a shot while later, ran away and has been sought ever since. Ramirez died at a hospital, and the officer suffered only minor wounds.

Perez was booked into the city jail on multiple arrest warrants.