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Sex Offender Wanted on $500,000 Warrant Allegedly Flees from Officers During Car Stop

A 33-year-old man wanted on a $500,000 arrest warrant allegedly fled from officers in Campbell on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

According to Campbell police, Marteis Sims of San Jose, was seen leaving a Ford Expedition on San Tomas Expressway between Payne Avenue and Williams Road during a vehicle stop shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said officers saw marijuana smoke come out from the car's windows. Sims left the vehicle and jumped into a canal along San Tomas Expressway, where he threw a handgun, police said.

Officers later found the weapon, which was a semi-automatic 9mm handgun, according to police.

Sims is on parole for possessing and selling marijuana and required to wear a GPS tracking device, police said.

With assistance from a San Jose police K9 unit, officers searched for Sims in the area of Bridgeport Court, just west of San Tomas Expressway, according to police.

Sims is a convicted felon wanted on suspicion of possessing a handgun, possession for sale of marijuana, removing a GPS tracking device while being a convicted sex offender, among other charges, police said.

Sims is described as a man standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, according to police.

He was last seen wearing a black short-sleeve shirt, black vest and blue jeans, police said.

As of Friday, Sims has not yet been found, police said. Two other people in the car, 38-year-old Demetric Presley of Campbell and 36-year-old Sultan Banks of San Jose, were both arrested on
suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and conspiracy, according to police.

Anyone with information on Sims' whereabouts is asked to call police dispatch at (408) 866-2101 or investigations unit at (408) 871-5190.

Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

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