On Aug. 11 at about 5 p.m., a man entered the Santa Monica Animal Shelter to claim his dog.

The shelter officer working the counter recognized the man as a wanted person from a previous internal police bulletin. The shelter officer called for assistance.

When officers arrived, the man tried to escape by climbing a barbed-wire fence, running down the alley and across Lincoln Boulevard. Officers gave chase and found him hiding behind 1660 Lincoln Blvd., where they took him into custody.

The man was identified as Elijah Richard Pace, 32, a parolee-at-large from Michigan who was wanted for failure to appear and various drug-related offenses. He was booked as an out-of-state fugitive and held without bail while awaiting extradition.

Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.