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SEAGOVILLE, TX- On the morning of September 13, 2016, Seagoville Police Officers responded to reports of stolen lawn equipment in a southern area of town. A witness to one of the thefts was able to provide a thorough and detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle, along with a direction of travel. At around 5:49 AM, a Seagoville Police Sergeant located this vehicle in the 1600 block of Bowers Road and attempted a traffic stop. The driver of this Honda sedan blatantly disregarded the ensuing officer and deliberately fled in the vehicle. The Seagoville Police Sergeant engaged in a pursuit of this Honda on Bowers Road at speeds topping around 70 mph. During this pursuit, the driver and sole occupant of the Honda fired two consecutive gunshots towards the pursuing sergeant. This vehicle pursuit came to an end when the driver of the Honda wrecked at the intersection of Bowers Road and West Simonds Road. The driver then fled on foot through an abandoned gravel pit under the cover of darkness.
Seagoville Police Officers and Dallas County Deputies established a perimeter of the area. Officers received assistance from the Dallas Police Department and TXDPS helicopters for an aerial search, along with Dallas PD K-9 Units for tracking. Due to the thousands of acres of treacherous and overgrown terrain in this area, these resources were exhausted. Officers on the ground continued a collaborated and tedious search for this suspect. Several leads were developed throughout the ground search that led officers to the Pecan Lake Mobile Home Community in the 2800 block of South Beltline Road in S/E Dallas.
At around 12:35 PM, Seagoville Police Officers, Dallas County Deputies and Dallas Police Officers converged on a mobile home in this trailer park. Inside this mobile home, officers took the suspect into custody without further incident. He is identified as 35 year old ROSALIO VARGAS-OJEDA of Dallas.
The firearm used in this offense was recovered. No officers sustained major injuries during this incident. The stolen lawn equipment was recovered inside the vehicle VARGAS-OJEDA was driving, and all property was subsequently returned to its rightful owners.
VARGAS-OJEDA is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on one charge of Aggravated Assault against a Public Servant, one charge of Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle, and a federal immigration hold through the Department of Homeland Security. Additional charges against him are pending through the Seagoville Police Department.