Friday, August 07, 2015

Violent Fugitive Tracked Down by Task Force

Suspect Facing Assault Charges Captured

San Antonio, TX - Ricardo Bautista, 36, was arrested this afternoon by members of the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) and San Antonio Police Department’s Repeat Offender Program (ROP) Unit in San Antonio, TX. An arrest warrant was issued pursuant to an investigation by the San Antonio Police Department, where it is alleged that Bautista committed continuous violence against family and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Yesterday, members of the LSFTF initiated an investigation in locating and apprehending Bautista. This afternoon, through investigative efforts, extensive surveillance, and critical assistance from the SAPD ROP Unit, it was determined that Bautista was hiding out at in trailer located in the 6400 block of HWY 87 East in China Grove, TX. Task force and ROP Unit officers entered the trailer, identified themselves, made contact with Bautista, and took him into custody without incident.

On July 30, 2015, a warrant was issued for Bautista’s arrest after he allegedly struck a female acquaintance with his car in the 1200 block of Castroville Road. After an investigation conducted by SAPD detectives, it was determined that Bautista intended to cause serious injury or death to the victim.

Bautista is currently being held in custody at the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “Our task force and SAPD ROP Unit officers did an exceptional job tracking down this violent fugitive who obviously had no regard for human life. I’m glad we were able to finally get him off the streets before he could potentially bring harm to someone else.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

    New Braunfels Police Department
    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
    Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Office of Detention & Removal
    U.S. Marshals Service

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