Pecos County manhunt ends with arrest

Pecos County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE – The suspect at the center of Pecos County manhunt was apprehended during the afternoon hours of Thursday, August 1, according to the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office.

“Update: Suspect is now in custody! Thank you to all who helped locate him, great team work from PCSO, FSPD, DPS, & Border Patrol, & the community for the tips & thankfully nobody was hurt!” announced the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

The suspect, named as Isreal Ortega, reportedly fled from deputies during a traffic stop which prompted the manhunt.

A Border Patrol helicopter, TDCJ horses and dogs, Peco County Sheriff’s deputies, and the Fort Stockton Police Department assisted in the search for Ortega.

Upon his arrest at approximately 2:45 p.m., Ortega was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment before being booked into the Pecos County Jail.

Ortega will face charges related to the manhunt. The suspect also has warrants for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Theft, and Reckless Driving out of Midland County.

Isreal Ortega | Pecos County Sheriff’s Office

PECOS COUNTY – Announced just before 11:00 a.m. on August 1, the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office along with DPS, the US Border Patrol, and TDCJ tracking dogs began a manhunt for a suspect wanted for evading arrest, resisting arrest, and a Felony warrant out of Midland County, according to the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office.

The search is being conducted about 20 miles north of Fort Stockton on Hwy 10-53, Imperial Hwy.

The suspect is described by PCSO as a heavy set male wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and a black cap.

If anyone sees someone matching the description, please contact the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office at 432-336-3521.

Pecos County Sheriff’s Office

PCSO added, “Please do not try and make contact with the suspect.”

This is a developing story.

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