Suspect captured after a week on the run

Published 1:15 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A man who eluded police for a week and led them on a high speed chase is now in custody.

A concerned citizen reportedly saw Armando Negrete, 36, walking on 64th Street in the Port Acres area of town around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Officers responded and found him in a home on that street and he was taken into custody without incident, Port Arthur Police Det. Mike Hebert said.

Negrete, of Port Arthur, was wanted on two burglary of a habitation warrants, each bond totaling $500,000. He also faces numerous more recent charges stemming from his evasion of police.

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On Jan. 2 officers were about to arrest Negrete at a home on 64th Street when a physical altercation ensued and an officer was knocked to the ground, Port Arthur Police Det. Mike Hebert said. By the time officers entered the home, Negrette had already left by the back door.

“Deputies with the sheriff’s office found an AK-47 in the home and the homeowner said it was not his. They also found during their search an ankle monitor,” Hebert said in a story that ran in Tuesday’s edition of The Port Arthur News.

Negrete next encountered law enforcement around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after a concerned citizen notified police that Negrete was in Port Acres.

Officers went to the area and saw the vehicle Negrete was reportedly using but he drove away. He was found on 65th Street and Jade and as officers approached they noted some sort of physical altercation happening inside the vehicle.

“At one point the driver of the vehicle was either pushed out of the car or voluntarily jumped out at which time Negrete jumped into the driver’s seat and led officers on a high-speed pursuit,” he said.

The woman who was either pushed out or jumped later told police that during the traffic stop Negrete told her to “go, go” but she refused.

The chase went from the Port Acres area to Texas 73, where Negrete reportedly drove eastbound in the westbound lanes until he reached the Twin City Highway exit with officers still in pursuit in the correct lanes of travel.

An officer going through the intersection near 39th Street hit the rear of another vehicle during the incident, which was when they lost sight of Negrete.

Within minutes of the accident, police received information from a person in Griffing Park that a vehicle had just driven into his front yard. The vehicle was the same one Negrete had used in the chase. They searched the area but did not find the suspect, he said.

Additional charges are pending for Negrete for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading detention in a motor vehicle and other charges such as assault on a police officer.

Police encountered Negrete on Sunday night after the criminal investigations division received a tip that Negrete was at a local game room. Officers attempted to get out on foot and enter the game room but didn’t know Negrete was sitting in a nearby vehicle. When he saw officers approach, he sped away and eluded capture.