Six hour manhunt leads to the arrest of two ETX men
POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 1:37pm
Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — Two Lufkin men are now behind bars after deputies conducted a 6 hours manhunt for the two men.
A call came in at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night regarding a drive-by shooting at Hills drive thru on Highway 59 South.
Two Hispanic males shot at a man and woman who were outside the store in the process of closing the business. Four rounds were shot at the victims, but fortunately neither of the victims were hit.
Both men fled the scene on Highway 59 in a black Honda.
Deputies were called to the area and found that the suspects had crashed on Farm to Market Road 2782 and Farm to Market Road 225.
Both men had fled the scene on foot.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office conducted a manhunt for the men. About six hours later at 2:50 a.m., both men were found hiding in a pasture in the 6500 block of County Road 724.
Authorities arrested Mario Ortega, 22, and Orlando Melendez, 24, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.
Melendez was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.