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Fourth time's the charm: fugitive for 11 months caught in Twain Harte


A Tuolumne County fugitive who evaded arrest three times over 11 months was captured Thursday morning in Twain Harte after staging a brazen but unsuccessful escape attempt through an occupied home and into the vehicle of a passing motorist.

Kasey Questo, 33, had outstanding arrest warrants for burglary, identification theft, forgery and theft from an elder stemming from Jan. 26, 2017, Feb. 9, 2017, and March 9, 2017, contacts with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, and additional warrants for evading a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from

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A Tuolumne County fugitive who evaded arrest three times over 11 months was captured Thursday morning in Twain Harte after staging a brazen but unsuccessful escape attempt through an occupied home and into the vehicle of a passing motorist.

Kasey Questo, 33, had outstanding arrest warrants for burglary, identification theft, forgery and theft from an elder stemming from Jan. 26, 2017, Feb. 9, 2017, and March 9, 2017, contacts with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, and additional warrants for evading a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from the three times he evaded capture on June 28, 2017, April 2, 2017, and March 20, 2017.

Questo was spotted Thursday morning by a resident in the Superior Drive area who identified a suspicious truck that appeared to be stuck in the snow parked in front of a neighbor’s vacation cabin.

When deputies arrived at 7:49 a.m., Questo fled, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.

One deputy pursued him on foot while another followed the pursuit on the street in an SUV.

During the pursuit, Questo ran through an occupied house and through the front door of the residence.

The on-foot deputy reconnected with the deputy in the patrol SUV and continued to follow Questo, who then flagged down and got into a Jeep.

According to the press release, the driver of the Jeep was threatened with a gun if he did not flee from the deputies who were closing in behind them. The driver, who observed the emergency lights, did not comply with the threat and disabled his vehicle.

It was later determined that Questo did not have a gun and had used a “finger-gun” to threaten the driver of the Jeep.

It was later determined by the investigating deputies that Questo had been attempting to steal a trailer from the Superior Drive cabin, and the vehicle that had been stuck in the snow was stolen, the press release said.

Questo was taken into custody by the deputies on additional charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempted grand theft, carjacking, kidnapping and resisting arrest.

Questo was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail at 8:46 a.m. on a total $640,000 bail for the charges and his warrants.

Questo is accused of attempting to hit a deputy with his vehicle after a traffic stop that went awry on March 20.

Questo was pursued that night on Quail Mine Road in Sonora for speeding, not using a turn signal and because a tow ball was blocking his vehicle’s license plate. He turned onto a dirt road adjacent to Gunsight Road.

A deputy followed him on foot due to the dangerous road conditions, but when he ordered him out of the vehicle, Questo backed his 1985 Dodge D-50 toward the deputy, and the deputy had to jump aside to avoid being hit.

Questo then fled on foot into a wooded area after his vehicle rolled down an embankment.

Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle.

After being spotted in the area of Soulsbyville and Willow Springs roads on April 2, 2017, Questo again led deputies on a pursuit to Yosemite Road, where he abandoned his vehicle again and fled on foot.

Questo was pursued by deputies and K9 Hans but was not apprehended.

Two deputies were injured when a fence gave way during the pursuit.

Questo successfully fled again from deputies on June 28 during a traffic stop on Lime Kiln Road in Sonora.

A vehicle driven by an unidentified woman pulled to the side of the road and Questo again was able to flee on foot.

Eight deputies searched, but Questo had evaded them again.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com. Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.