SAN JOSE -- A fugitive sought in connection with a machete attack in Arizona was apprehended in San Jose this week after a standoff during which he tried to tunnel out of the apartment where he had holed up, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Luis Leyvas Sanchez, 29, was arrested Wednesday night at an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Pearl Avenue in South San Jose after being on the lam since December, Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Palmer said.

Authorities say Sanchez is suspected of attempted murder in an incident in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he and an accomplice are accused of attacking someone with a machete. The accomplice was arrested shortly thereafter, but Sanchez eluded capture. An investigation involving Flagstaff police and the Marshals Service led them to San Jose where on Wednesday they tracked Sanchez to the Pearl Avenue apartment. Marshals spotted him entering a unit about 3:30 p.m. and summoned the San Jose Police Department MERGE (SWAT) team.

The police assembly spent the next several hours trying to coax out Sanchez, who barricaded himself inside after two other occupants exited. About 10 p.m., he surrendered peacefully.

Afterward, when the SWAT team canvassed the apartment he was in, they found holes in the roofs of other units and believe he might have tried to tunnel his way into another residence. Sanchez is expected to be transported to Arizona for prosecution.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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