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Three men sought in Placer County manhunt arrested near Foresthill

Dimas Licea Ortiz
Dimas Licea Ortiz Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Three men who had been the subject of a Placer County manhunt since Wednesday were taken into custody without incident Friday evening.

Arrested were Dimas Licea Ortiz, 22, Jose Luis Licea Ortiz, 20, and Ruben Villegas, 26. All were taken to the Placer County Jail in Auburn and booked on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Sheriff’s officials said the men were unarmed, uninjured, cooperative and appeared to be very tired.

The arrests occurred around 6 p.m. when a deputy encountered the men as they walked along Foresthill Road near Anderson Road, east of Foresthill, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The location is not far from where four men originally ran from another deputy Wednesday, when they were asked for identification after they were found in a remote area of the county. The deputy discovered that one suspect, Dimas Licea Ortiz, had a $100,000 warrant for felony drug sales from Sacramento County. As the deputy handcuffed the man, they all ran into the woods. The man who escaped wearing handcuffs was not wearing them when he was found Friday, officials said.

A large-scale manhunt was launched Wednesday afternoon and one suspect was arrested about 12 hours later when a deputy pulled over a suspicious car in Auburn. Pedro Madrigal Ortiz, 25, was found in the car. He was arrested and booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. The driver of the car was questioned and released.

During the three-day search, residents of the sparsely populated area near Foresthill were advised to stay inside their homes with doors locked. The Sheriff’s Office increased patrols on the Foresthill Divide and deputies were posted at Foresthill High School and Foresthill Divide Middle School on Thursday and Friday.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy