Suspect leads police on high-speed chase with kids in truck

April 12, 2012 7:28:59 PM PDT
A father with four young children in his pickup raced through Houston as police chased after him Wednesday. Now, they are still looking for him, the truck and the children inside.

It started just after 6pm on the Southwest Freeway and Westpark, but about 30 minutes later, authorities lost him around Highway 90-A and Spur 10 in Rosenberg.

DPS then spotted the suspect in the Sealy area around 9:40pm and chased him, but then lost him again. A DPS helicopter was launched to scope the area from above and the Austin County Sheriff's Department is helping out, as well. It wasn't known whether his four young children were still with him.

Earlier in the day, our TranStar Jam Cameras caught the chase as police tell us 31-year-old Noe Aranda Soto fled from them southwest along Highway 59 toward Rosenberg.

With his four children in the car, cameras caught him avoiding the pursuit and then in Fort Bend County, south of Rosenberg, eluding them and disappearing.

Police say they were not as aggressive in their chase because of the children in the car, whose ages are 9, 7, 5 and 3, and because they don't believe Aranda Soto would hurt them.

The chase began after someone saw Aranda Soto and his pregnant wife, Luz Lacallo, fighting in the vehicle and called 911.

"One of our units got behind the vehicle. The female, when she saw the units pull up, she got out of the car, tried to get her kids out of the car. The husband jumped in the car, got in the driver's seat and took off with the kids," HPD Sgt. Ronald Borza said.

"I don't know exactly what happened. I just know that he took off with the babies and that's it. I don't know anything about it," said Estrella Rodriguez, Lacallo's mother and the children's grandmother.

"He's a good guy. We made fajitas on Easter. We were together. Everything was good, so I don't know. I'm so nervous, I don't know what happened," family friend Maria Garcia said.

Police tell us Aranda Soto has an open warrant for felony evading and is wanted on an immigration violation and that he also has a previous domestic violence case involving his mother-in-law.

Despite Soto's criminal past and the fact that his four children are still missing, no Amber Alert has been issued because police say the kids are his biological children and they don't believe they're in harm's way at this point.

Load Comments