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For Immediate Release

Contact:
October 24, 2012 Chris Bozeman, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Information Officer (PIO), Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
“Oklahoma” Ran From the Law in Texas
Fugitive Eluded Police, Escaped From a Hospital, and Apprehended In a Hotel Room

LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – Jimmy Ray Owen, aka “Oklahoma”, 32, was arrested early yesterday evening by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in San Antonio without incident. An arrest warrant was sought by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, where it is alleged that Owen committed aggravated assault against a public servant.

Yesterday afternoon, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to assist in the search for Owen after he escaped custody from a San Antonio hospital. Task force officers determined that Owen was hiding out with an associate in a hotel room located in the 900 block of Northeast Loop 410. Task force officers entered the hotel room and Owen was immediately arrested.

On Sunday evening, a Bulverde Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 1989 Toyota pickup truck. It was determined that the pickup truck was stolen from Jourdanton, TX. It is alleged that the driver of the pickup truck refused to stop and attempted to elude the officer through a residential neighborhood. The Comal County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase and attempted to assist in stopping the pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck rammed a Bulverde Police Department patrol car, subsequently disabling it. The chase continued and the driver of the pickup truck rammed a Comal County Sheriff’s Office patrol truck. The driver of the pickup truck lost control and crashed into a civilian vehicle that was occupied by two passengers. At the point of impact, the driver of the pickup truck was ejected and later identified as Jimmy Ray Owen. There were two other passengers in the pickup truck with Owen, whom were later released at the scene. Officers discovered cocaine and a Tec-9 semi-automatic handgun in the pickup truck. One of the passengers of the civilian vehicle was transported to the hospital for complaints of injuries to her back, but she is expected to recover. Owen complained of injuries and was transported to a hospital near Stone Oak Parkway. While being treated for his injuries, Owen escaped custody from the hospital.

Owen was a fugitive until he was arrested and taken into custody yesterday evening. Owen is currently being treated for his injuries at a San Antonio hospital and under the careful watch of law enforcement officers. Owen is an active member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “It’s only by the grace of God that no one was seriously injured due to this blatant disregard for human life. I am truly thankful and proud of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, who came together to quickly take another bad guy off the streets.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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