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Criminals avoid spikes, fall into PIT

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A vehicle-robbery suspect from Bryan, 18-yearold Erwin Cruz Guzman, led Grimes County Deputies on a multi-county pursuit reaching speeds up to 130 miles-per-hour.

Grimes County Sherriff Deputy Kevin Harris said on Saturday, July 24, he observed a black Toyota Camry traveling southbound at a high-rate of speed on North LaSalle Street in Navasota. He turned around and initiated a traffic stop. Harris stated the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of Carroll’s Giant Burger momentarily then fled.

The vehicle turned o n t o Texas State Highway 105 West toward Brenh a m . Harris said Washington County Sherriff’s Deputies engaged spike strips three times, but those attempts failed.

The pursuit continued onto Texas State Highway 290 East into Waller County. After two unsuccessful attempts to disable the vehicle by Waller County Sherriff’s Deputies, Hempstead Police performed a PIT maneuver to disable the vehicle just west of Farm-to-Market Road 362.

Harris said four suspects were surrounded at gunpoint. Officers learned the vehicle was reported stolen out of San Antonio.

Officers recovered an ounce of marijuana, 20 shell casings, and a level 4 tactical bullet proof vest. Harris said after being mirandized, none of the suspects claimed ownership of the marijuana, so they were all charged with possession of marijuana.

The driver, Guzman, was arrested and charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, and possession of marijuana. He was given an $11,500 bond. Jose Cardoza, 18, and Eldridge Chase Seagroves, 17, both of Bryan and John Michael Juarez, 18, of San Antonio were charged with possession of marijuana and each given a $1,500 bond.

Grimes County Sherriff’s Office also stated the suspects are persons-of-interest in three-armed robbery cases in Bryan.