UPDATE: Name of man who stole Tyler Police unit released
POSTED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 6:21am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 3:50pm
TYLER — Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at around 6:52 a.m. Tyler Police responded to the 2500 block of Old Noonday Road on a report of a robbery of two adult females. Dispatchers were advised that the suspect robbed them at gunpoint. A witness stopped to assist the females when the suspect turned to him and demanded that he get out of his vehicle. The witness was able to drive away and contacted the police.
Officer Clay Allen with the Tyler Police Department was responding to the robbery and spotted the suspect, later identified as Isaac Garcia, H/M, (03/09/1987) age 24, of Tyler, on Frankston Highway near Sunnybrook. The investigation revealed that Garcia lost control of and wrecked his vehicle in the 2600 block of Frankston Hwy. around 6:30a.m. Garcia left his vehicle and proceeded on foot over to Old Noonday Road where he robbed the two females. Garcia spotted Officer Allen approaching and attempted to hide in a ditch off the roadway. Officer Allen made contact with Garcia and got into a physical altercation while attempting to arrest him. A citizen stopped to assist Officer Allen when he observed Garcia resisting arrest. Garcia was able to escape from custody and had one handcuff attached to his wrist. Garcia got into Officer Allen’s patrol vehicle and stole the vehicle driving south on Frankston Highway towards Loop 323.
Tyler Officers responding to assist Officer Allen spotted the stolen patrol vehicle and began to pursue the stolen vehicle around the WSW Loop 323. The pursuit proceeded west on Spur 364 and ended up out onto Highway 31 West heading towards Chandler. The pursuit ended when officers forced Garcia off of the roadway. Garcia then exited the vehicle and attempted to elude the officer’s. Garcia was taken into custody on Third Street in Chandler. Smith County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Chandler Police Department assisted with the pursuit and apprehension.
Garcia was transported to East Texas Medical Center for medical evaluation due to being under the influence of a narcotic and for any possible injuries. Garcia has been released from the hospital and transported to Smith County Jail. He has been charged with Aggravated Robbery and Evading Arrest. Judge Kennedy set his bonds at $250,000 on the Aggravated Robbery charge and $100,000 on the Evading Arrest charge.
This is still an ongoing investigation and further charges are pending.
Information from Tyler Police.
Tyler Police officers give KETK more details about the Wednesday morning theft of a police unit.
The man captured was reportedly trying to rob two women at a bus stop near Walton Rd. and Hwy 155 in Tyler, but changed his focus and attempted to carjack a man's vehicle.
When a Tyler Police officer arrived on scene, the man ran into the woods.
Tyler Police say their officer went into the woods to look for him, but the man re-emerged and stole the officer's police unit.
The man drove, lights on and in the wrong lane down Spur 364, in pursuit by several officers who were following in the correct lanes.
The chase ended near the First Baptist Church in Chandler off Hwy. 31, when officers performed a pit maneuver to stop the car.
The man attempted to run from officers, but was captured and taken into custody.
KETK will continue to update this story as we get more details in.
KETK crews on the scene report that Tyler Police stopped the man in the stolen police unit on Hwy. 31 near 3rd Street in Chandler, just outside the Dollar General Store.
Officers performed a pit maneuver to ram the stolen vehicle into a fence.
No word on what injuries may have been involved in the incident.
KETK has exclusive video of the man being captured. Stay tuned to KETK throughout the day to see updates on this story.
Smith County Sheriff's Department confirms there was a high speed chase down Loop 323 in Tyler ending at FM 315 in Chandler around 7:00 a.m on Wednesday, May 11.
Scanner traffic showed that several officers from DPS, Tyler Police, and Smith County Sheriff's Department reached speeds up to 60 mph while chasing the man who had stolen the Police Officer's unit and sped away with lights running.
KETK has a crew on the scene and will bring more information as we can get it in.