Alleged Pearland gunman captured

March 10, 2009 11:28:41 AM PDT
Authorities have caught a man who they say fired shots near a school early Monday. The SWAT team spent the afternoon searching for him and it caused some tense moments for residents. [PHOTOS: See images from scene]

It all started with an attempted carjacking just after 5am Monday at a home on Lindhaven in the Audubon subdivision. That prompted the lockdown of several schools nearby and a daylong search.

Then shortly before 10pm, with the help of bloodhounds, Pearland police were able to get their man.

"Bloodhounds from TDCJ assisted us in locating the suspect hiding in a shed behind a residence," said Lt. Onesimo Lopez with the Pearland Police Department. "The apprehension team was able to give verbal commands. He complied with all the directions and was taken into custody without incident."

We're told the suspect was not armed when he was apprehended. He could face charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading arrest.

The daylong search had forced the lockdown of Magnolia Elementary, Pearland Junior High West, Dawson High School and Jamison Middle School while police looked for the suspect.

Pearland police called off the perimeter search around 1pm, hours after the would-be car thief fled the subdivision next door to Magnolia Elementary, firing gunshots at his intended victim and the police.

"The homeowner confronted him and during that confrontation, we know the shot was fired," said Lt. Lopez. "The victim's wife called the police."

No one was hit by the gunfire and police lost the gunman until later Monday night. The daylong search left residents on edge.

"This is a pretty quiet neighborhood," said resident Ted Butler. "We were surprised it happened and it was more numbing than anything."

Police say the gunman may have been after the particular make and model of the car.

"The vehicle the suspect was trying to steal was a newer model Dodge Challenger," said Lt. Lopez.

Meantime, neighbors are trying to cope with Monday morning's violent events.

"You never think about this stuff until it hits home," said Butler. "And this is pretty close to home. We're shocked and surprised."

At this point, the suspect's name hasn't been released. We'll post any new information on this case here on

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