CHIEF OF POLICE ERIC BLANCHARD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Home Invasion, Officer Assault, and Pursuit – Suspect Arrested
ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS – At 4:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 Blk. of S. Rife Street for a burglary in progress. When officers arrived, they received a report that the suspect had broken into the residence through a window, made claims of having authority to apprehend people, and searched for someone in particular. During the home invasion, the suspect pointed a firearm at the residents and threatened to kill them if they did not cooperate. When the suspect realized that the person of interest to him was not present, the suspect fled out the window.
Officers set up a perimeter around the residence and searched the area looking for the suspect. Texas DPS was called in for air support during this search. At 6:42 a.m., officers discontinued the search as it was believed the suspect had escaped the perimeter.
At 8:41 a.m., officers were recalled to the residence for a disturbance. The caller stated the suspect had returned and was causing a disturbance. Officers later learned the suspect had threatened others at the location with a firearm during the disturbance.
When officers arrived, they immediately recognized the suspect attempting to drive off in a vehicle. As officers were giving the suspect orders, another person in the background yelled at the officers to check his pocket and keep an eye on his pocket. Initially, the suspect complied with the officers as they moved in to arrest him. However, the suspect then decided to drive off while pulling on the arresting officer’s arm. The arresting officer was able to break free and shot at the suspect, missing him.
The suspect led police on a high-speed and reckless pursuit through Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Gregory, and ultimately into Portland, Texas. During the chase, there were said to be approximately 3000 cyclists traveling along the same path of the chase. When the suspect turned back, heading into the direct path of these cyclists, officers elevated their level of force response for fear the suspect was about to seriously injury or kill somebody. Contact was made between the suspect’s vehicle and Aransas Pass Police vehicles during this chase. The contact ultimately brought the suspect and his vehicle to a halt, at which point he was taken into custody.
*** Update *** 8:45 p.m.
Suspect: Olajide Ogunyomade AGE 21
The suspect and one officer received treatment at the hospital but were later released. The officer sustained minor injuries during the assault and crash.