Fugitive Sought Here In Attack On Texas Police Officer Arrested

A 34-year-old man who was the focus of a Central Texas manhunt after a violent attack on a police officer was in custody Wednesday.

Ruben Ortiz, Jr. (Police photo)

WACO (August 17, 2011)—Ruben Ortiz, Jr., 34, who was the focus of a search in the Waco area after a violent attack on a Euless police officer, was in custody Wednesday.

The U.S. Marshals Service North Texas Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested Ortiz Tuesday evening in Grand Prairie, police said.

Authorities spotted Ortiz and his girlfriend, Nellie Ramos, 37, of Waco, in the parking lot of a motel and chased the two of them on foot into a nearby neighborhood where Ortiz and Ramos were eventually found hiding in a shed, police said.

Ortiz was wanted in connection with the assault on the officer on July 30, which happened after he was stopped for a traffic violation.

Officers handcuffed him because he was acting suspiciously, but he managed to break free, struck a female officer in the face and then fled, police said.

The injured officer still has not been able to return to work, Euless police said.

Ortiz was wanted for a parole violation on an aggravated robbery charge, failure to appear in a DWI case as well as aggravated assault on a police officer.

Ortiz had made comments that he will kill any officer that tries to stop him, police said.

Authorities focused on the Waco area in their search for him because they thought he was with his girlfriend.


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