Suspect Still on the Run After Tuesday Morning Manhunt

A couple of area schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday as police searched the area for a suspected car thief.

It started around 9 a.m. when On-Star called city police to report that GPS had located a stolen vehicle at Swantner Park. When officers arrive and approached the stolen GMC, both occupants jumped out of the vehicle and ran.

"When officers got there, they apprehended the female occupant of the vehicle," said Senior Officer Travis Pace of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "The male occupant, he jumped into the bay in an effort to get away and got out and started running toward Ocean Drive, and crossed Ocean Drive. Then, I think at the corner of Poenisch and Ocean, he took his shirt off and at some point during the food pursuit, he brandished a knife."

Pace said 15-20 officers set up a perimeter around the area and notified the Corpus Christi Independent School District about what was happening. Montclair Elementary and Cullen Middle School were both placed on lockdown.

"We had a report of a lady who says someone was banging on her house, so rather than call the police, she called her family first and then called us," Pace said. "Whether it could have made a difference, who knows, but that's not the right order."

The manhunt was suspended at 1:30 p.m., but police are still looking for their suspect. He was described as a large male, standing about five-foot seven and weighing about 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

That suspect could face charges of evading detention, aggravated assault and assault on a police officer.


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