Justin Cox

Justin Cox

Port Angeles police search for man who evaded arrest

PORT ANGELES — Police were searching late Tuesday afternoon for a 30-year-old man who evaded arrest at 8 that morning, said Deputy Chief Jason Viada.

The search began in the area of West Fifth and E streets in Port Angeles.

Justin Cox fled from an officer who attempted to arrest him for a no-bail Department of Corrections arrest warrant, Viada said.

Viada said Officer Mike Johnson responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area and when he arrived he found Cox, 30, and Lizbeth Greenleaf, 58.

Greenleaf was arrested on a failure to appear warrant out of district court.

Viada said PAPD’s four patrol officers were responding to several calls happening at about the same time and that only Johnson was able to respond initially. It was the sort of call two officers typically respond to, he said.

When Cox ran, Johnson attempted to contain the area, but Cox escaped, Viada said.

Cox discarded an airsoft gun as he escaped. Viada said he had no indication Cox pointed it toward Johnson.

Cox is described as 5-foot-11-inches tall and wearing a gray T-shirt with urban camouflage pants.

Police are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area to call 9-1-1.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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