Sequim man awaiting charges after capture

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

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SEQUIM –– Jay J. Dodaro, who reportedly once told associates he might want to “shoot it out with police,” was in Clallam County jail Tuesday awaiting charges after being arrested after a weekend manhunt.

Sheriff's Sgt. John Keegan said Dodaro, 33, of Sequim, surrendered peacefully after deputies found him unarmed without shoes in a shipping container behind Sunny Farms, 261461 U.S. Highway 101 in the Carlsborg area, after receiving a citizen's report he was in the area.

He was being sought for a Thurston County warrant relating to vehicle theft as well as misdemeanor warrants for driving with a suspended license in Port Angeles and for resisting arrest and obstruction in Jefferson County.

Keegan said an investigation into further, potentially more serious charges is ongoing. He was unsure when those charges might be filed.

Weekend search

Sheriff's deputies, Sequim police officers and State Patrol troopers spent the weekend searching for the fugitive after receiving multiple reports he was armed and looking to “shoot it out with police.”

Officers went to several addresses in the area during the search. Keegan said residents of those homes gave officers several tips about Dodaro's location and that he was armed.

Keegan said Dodaro was known to carry a .45-caliber weapon in his waistband and was known to frequent Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties.


Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

Last modified: March 19. 2013 6:03PM
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