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Sonoita standoff ends with arrest, long list of charges

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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:12 am

A Sonoita man who was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and a bulletproof vest was arrested following a brief standoff with police on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 5:17 p.m. on July 1, deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 100 block of Douglas Lane in reference to a domestic violence assault.

Authorities said the victim and her female friend were physically assaulted by the victim’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Jerry Francis Wilbur.

“Apparently when (the victim) told Jerry that she was going to notify law enforcement he told her that he would not cooperate with them and would shoot at the deputies if they came,” said Sheriff Antonio Estrada. “Jerry than put on a ballistic vest and grabbed a rifle.”

Once sheriff’s deputies arrived along with Border Patrol agents, they secured a perimeter around the residence and ordered Wilbur to exit the home. He complied without incident.

Estrada said that after Wilbur was arrested, deputies went inside his home and found narcotics.

Wilbur was taken to the Santa Cruz County Detention Center and charged with domestic violence, assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, possession of marijuana, possession of a narcotic drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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