Shortly before 4 p.m. Monday Atascosa County Sheriff’s investigators were assisting Homeland Security agents in attempting to intercept a stolen truck transporting illegal immigrants.
The truck fled and went through a fence east of TX 16, 7-miles north of Poteet. Several officers pursued the suspects on foot. Four were apprehended, three being illegals. A passenger, who was recognized by one of the officers, managed to escape.
The suspect is identified as Omar Navarrete who is wanted for Aggravated Robbery in connection to an armed car-jacking in Pleasanton in July. He was the subject of a man-hunt that night following a pursuit in a stolen truck on FM 476 which ended near the Atascosa River bridge. He subsequently eluded officers in August in southeast Atascosa County when a SWAT team attempted to arrest him. Investigators found a large stash of semi-automatic weapons in the trailer he was hiding in.
Monday’s search was terminated around 11 p.m. after it was determined that Navarrete had most likely managed to flee the area. DPS aircraft and three separate teams that went into the woods along with two tracking dogs from Bexar County Sheriff’s Office did not locate him, although officials did find where he had hidden on the ground under some brush for a period of time.
Local and Federal authorities state additional warrants will be issued for Navarette’s arrest.
“A $5,000 cash reward is being offerred by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of Navarette. In order to be eligible for the reward, the caller must call 830-769-2255 with the information,” said Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward.
Participating in the 7-hour man-hunt Monday evening were: Homeland Security agents, U.S. Border Patrol, Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office, Bexar County Sheriffs Office, Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, Atascosa County Fire Marshal’s Office and an investigator from the Atascosa County Attorney’s Office.