Fugitive turns to corn maze to hide


National News

October 2, 2019 - 9:51 AM

A suspected stalker was arrested Saturday after leading police officers on a two-hour search in an elaborate corn maze in Petaluma, Calif. COURTESY OF PETALUMA PUMPKIN PATCH/TNS

It took two hours, a plane and six officers to track down a suspected stalker after he fled into an elaborate corn maze in Petaluma, Calif., over the weekend.

Police began searching for Ryan Kenneth Watt, 29, of Petaluma, on Friday evening after his ex-girlfriend reported Watt had violated a restraining order by texting and calling her, the Petaluma Police Department said.

Officers looked for Watt, whom they described as a transient with a history of stalking behavior, at a homeless encampment but couldn’t find him. Police visited the camp again the next morning and spotted Watt just before 9 a.m.

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