GILROY-- A woman and her child were threatened in their home Friday by a convicted felon trying to force them to hide him from police, authorities said.

About 4 p.m., officers attempted to stop Fernando Gomez Perez, 37, of Gilroy, when they spotted him driving near West Eighth and Hanna streets on a suspended license, police said. Perez then got out of the car and fled into a nearby home, where he threatened a 32-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son with what they thought to be a knife, according to police.

Officers searched the home and found Perez inside of a bedroom, police said. The woman and her son were initially so frightened that they had told police that Perez was not hiding inside of the home.

The woman was so upset she required medical treatment to calm her, and her son clung to a police officer when he saw Perez being taken out of the house, police said.

Perez was booked on suspicion of false imprisonment for purposes of protection from arrest, burglary, resisting arrest, criminal threats, and driving on a suspended license. Officers found a replica handgun, a screwdriver, and items used to conceal narcotics in his possession.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report. Contact Erin Ivie at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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