Perry man arrested in crawl space Wednesday morning

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Chad Michael Menz, 39, of Perry was arrested Wednesday on a charge of violation of a protective order.

A Perry man was arrested Wednesday morning when he was found hiding in a crawl space allegedly in violation of a no-contact order.

Chad Michael Menz, 39, of 1420 Evelyn St., Perry, was charged with violation of a protective order.

The incident began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Evelyn Street, where officers of the Perry Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

According to court records, “Officers have responded to numerous calls over the last few months with the same complaint” at the residence.

The arriving officers could hear a male and female arguing inside of the residence and recognized the male voice as that of Menz and the female voice as that of the protected party in a no-contact order, according to court records.

The female exited the residence and “was very reluctant to advise officers where” Menz was.

Officers searched the residence and located Menz “hiding in a crawl space in the basement,” according to court records.

Menz is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a pretrial conference Nov. 5 in Dallas County District Court.

The no-contact order stems from a June 28 incident at the residence that issued in Menz’s arrest on a charge of first-offense domestic abuse assault-injury or mental illness. The case open in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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