Man suspected of stealing vehicles, leading officers on pursuit facing multiple charges
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
Police have charged a man accused of stealing a police unit and prompting a pursuit last week.
Luis Enrique Camacho, has been charged with burglary of a vehicle with two or more convictions, burglary of a building, failing to identify himself as a fugitive with intent to give false information, theft of property, deadly conduct, three charges of evading arrested, possession of a controlled substance, theft of a vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
According to court records, Camacho already had previous convictions for evading arrest and burglary of a vehicle.
Last Friday, local law enforcement officers were spotted at Hyatt Place along Gateway East near Trowbridge Drive.
Police said Camacho was trying to hide inside the hotel, but was found and taken into custody.
People who witnessed the commotion say it was crazy to see.
“Earlier today, we saw two helicopters passing through Lomaland Drive, cause I was at my mother-in-law’s house, and then we got home and there was a lot of police units and red tape,” said Cyndi Gomez, who lives in the Lower Valley.
Officers said no one was injured. A police officer did fire his weapon, police said.
St. Pius School was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
Police at the scene told CBS4 that officers had been trying to pull over Camacho -- who was suspected of driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee -- around 11 a.m.
A pursuit ensued throughout the Lower Valley when Camacho fled from police, officials said.
At some point, the he got out of the car and ran away on foot, then managed to get into an unmarked police vehicle and drive off, police said.
Helicopters and other police units were in the area trying to track down the man.
Authorities in the helicopters said they spotted the man heading into the hotel in south-central El Paso.