Crime & Public Safety

Man arrested in Hilton Head standoff after found hiding under home

Sergio Alexander Munoz
Sergio Alexander Munoz

A man who led deputies on a chase Monday on Hilton Head Island was arrested five hours later after he was found hiding under a mobile home and had refused to come out.

Deputies were able to locate Sergio Alexander Munoz, 22, because he was wearing a court-ordered GPS tracking anklet, a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release said. They had been chasing Munoz because he was wanted for felony charges related to following a woman home Saturday in Bluffton, threatening her and firing a gun in the air, the release said.

Monday's chase and standoff began when deputies tracked Munoz to a home on Cesar Place in the Allenwood subdivision. When deputies responded to the address, they saw a vehicle driven by one of Munoz's acquaintances leaving the neighborhood, according to the release.

The vehicle turned down a dirt road and re-emerged on School Road. A man matching Munoz's description ran from the dirt road and disappeared behind a mobile home on School Road.

Deputies then used the GPS coordinates from Munoz's anklet to confirm he was near the mobile home.

Members of the Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiations Team tried to persuade Munoz to surrender, but negotiations failed.

A search warrant was obtained, and SWAT team members entered the home.

Munoz was not inside, so deputies searched the home. A SWAT team member noticed movement coming from under the home's moisture barrier sheeting.

Munoz was found underneath the home, hidden in its insulation.

He attempted to resist arrest, but was taken into custody by a K9 unit. He was treated at the hospital for minor injuries from resisting the K9 unit, the release said.

Munoz, 22, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Tuesday on charges of resisting arrest, fleeing to evade arrest, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

The gun and battery charges stem from the Saturday incident. Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Monday that Munoz had been out on parole.

Check back with The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette for updates to this story and follow reporter Matt McNab at twitter.com/IPBG_Matt.

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