Man arrested in search warrant execution


HUMBOLDT, Ill. (WCIA) – The Coles County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday the arrest of 29-year-old Jose Puebla during the execution of a search warrant on Adams Drive.

An investigation into Puebla revealed three active warrants for his arrest, and that he was possibly armed and in possession of stolen property. His three active warrants are two times of failing to appear in court on a 2018 traffic case and possession of methamphetamine. Due to Puebla’s extensive criminal history and the seriousness of his pending cases, the Coles County Crisis Response Team (CRT) conducted a “contain and call out” operation at a house that Puebla was at on Wednesday night. Deputies were involved in a three-hour standoff with Puebla, who refused to cooperate.

As a final resort, the CRT entered the house by force and found Puebla hiding in the attic at around 2 a.m. on Thursday.

During the operation, a stolen car and loaded 20-gauge shotgun were recovered at the house. Puebla is currently being held for the three prior arrest warrants and new charges of Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm/Ammunition.

Chief Deputy Tyler Heleine said the car that police found at Puebla’s place was the vintage ’69 Chevrolet SS Nova that was reported being stolen on October 9 by Harold Zahnd of Champaign.

No more information is released at this time. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is leading the current investigation.

A community member has shared with WCIA a short video of when the police were at Puebla’s place in Humboldt:

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