Suspect Falls Through Ceiling In Front Of Police

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - It was raining suspects for some Riverside police.

For five hours officers had sought Henry Gabriel Pereyra for arrest on suspicion of violating a restraining order, a department statement said.

Police had been flagged down by a civilian process server on Friday who told them the 48-year-old Pereyra was illegally in the home of his estranged wife.

Officers arrived at the house and asked Pereyra to come out but got no response.

They eventually entered the house and were searching for the suspect when he fell through the ceiling, landed right in front of them and was promptly arrested.

He had been hiding in the attic.

Pereyra was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, treated for minor injuries then booked into a county jail.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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