Fugitive found

Man escapes Groesbeck police; arrested in Temple
By Alexandra Cannon
Special to The Mexia News
A Groesbeck man is in Bell County Jail after escaping custody of local law enforcement and spending two days on the run.
Groesbeck police officers Daniel Pantalici and David Alvarado were on patrol Monday morning, May 28, when they observed Tristan Neason, 31, walking on the 200 block of West Yeagua Street, Groesbeck Police Chief, Chris Henson said. The officers were aware Neason had two outstanding arrest warrants and attempted to make contact with him, but Neason fled and Pantalici pursued on foot.
“Officer Alvarado took the car and went around the block in the direction Neason was headed to cut him off. After a chase, Pantalici found Neason lying flat on the ground behind the Coin Laundry, got him in handcuffs and took him into custody. During the foot pursuit, Pantalici lost his handheld radio, leaving him with no way to tell Officer Alvarado the suspect was in custody.”
Deputy John Patton of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department happened to be passing by and Pantalici flagged him down for assistance, Henson said. The suspect was placed in the back of the deputy’s car and after Alvarado was informed the suspect was in custody, he joined Pantalici and Patton in front of the Coin Laundry. The police officers confirmed with Patton the suspect was secure in the vehicle before leaving to check for evidence behind the building. While recovering some cell phones, a pipe that had remnants of methamphetamine and Neason’s cap (black, like the rest of his clothing), Pantalici saw a dark figure running down the street. Neason had escaped and the officers were unable to locate him again.

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