Suspect wanted after wild chase through apartments

HOUSTON According to Crime Stoppers, on March 4, an HPD officer was on patrol in the 1500 block of Sherwood Forest when he came across two men running. One of the men flagged the officer down to tell him that the man he was chasing had just broken into his car. The officer told the victim to stay at the scene and told the suspect to stop.

The suspect kept running and the officer reportedly pursued him in his car yelling at him to stop. The officer got out of his car and chased the suspect into a woman's apartment where she told the officer the suspect ran through her apartment, out the patio door and jumped the patio fence. The officer followed him over another patio fence into another apartment where several people were gathered. The officer asked where the suspect went and they stated he ran out the front door. The officer lost the suspect at this point.

After an investigation, Jorge Tapia was identified as the possible suspect in the case. Investigators placed his picture in a photo spread and it was shown to the victim of the burglary and the residents of the apartments where Tapia had ran through during the chase. All identified Tapia as the suspect, officials say.

On March 15 felony charges of burglary of a motor vehicle with two or more prior convictions and evading arrest with a previous conviction were filed on Jorge Tapia. The 208th District Court issued warrants and for his arrest. He has not been arrested at this time.

Tapia is a 29-year-old Hispanic male. He is 5'3" tall and weighs around 145 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 (TIPS) hotline or submitted online at that leads to the arrest of Tapia. All tipsters remain anonymous. Tips can also be sent by text message-text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES(274637).

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