Man arrested after stealing two vehicles according to police, facing multiple felonies and misdemeanors


NEW BRAUNFELS — Police made an arrest Tuesday evening of a man that they say stole multiple vehicles, left the scene of an accident, evaded arrest, resisted arrest, failed to identify and was publicly intoxicated.

Guillermo Angel Velasquez, 35, of Omaha, Nebraska, is charged with five state jail felonies, two class A misdemeanors, three class B misdemeanors, and a class C misdemeanor according to the New Braunfels Police Department.

Police say that received a call at approximately 7:45 pm Tuesday, for a report that a male had stolen a red Ford pickup truck that had been running in the parking lot of a Circle K parking lot in the 1000 block of I-35 South and Walnut Avenue.

Less than 15 minutes later, another call came in reporting that a second red Ford pickup truck had been stolen, this time in the area of the New Braunfels Marketplace Shopping Center in the 600 block of North Business I-35.

Investigators determined that when Velasquez damaged the rims of the first truck he had stolen, the driver of a second red Ford pickup truck stopped to assist aid to Velasquez, unaware that the truck was stolen.

That’s when police say that Velasquez jumped into the second red Ford truck and backed into a nearby vehicle, then fled the scene in the second stolen truck.

Police say another call came in two minutes later that the driver of a red Ford pickup truck had struck two vehicles at South Sequin Avenue and Garden Street and then fled the scene toward Main Plaza.

“Three adults suffered non life-threatening injuries from that crash and were transported by EMS to local hospitals,” said the release.

Responding officers located the truck a few moments later at Casteel Ave. and W. San Antonio Street, and then located the Valesquez a few moments later on foot int he 400 block of Hill Avenue.

It was said that Velasquez then fled on foot but didn’t make it far before being apprehended.

Velasquez then reportedly failed to give proper identification to police but was eventually identified.

“Velasquez was then transported to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital New Braunfels for a leg injury he sustained during his arrest. While at the hospital (where he was medically cleared), and throughout his transport to the Comal County Jail, Velasquez continuously resisted officers.”

He was charged with the following crimes:

• Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (x2) – State Jail Felony
• Accident Involving Injury (x3) – State Jail Felony
• Evading Arrest or Detention – Class A Misdemeanor
• Resisting Arrest, Search, or Transport – Class A Misdemeanor
• Accident Involving Damage to Vehicle >= $200 – Class B Misdemeanor
• Duty Upon Striking an Unattended Vehicle – Class B Misdemeanor
• Failure to Identify – Class B Misdemeanor
• Public Intoxication – Class C Misdemeanor

As of now, Velasquez’ total bond has been set at $12,500 but authorities believe that amount will change when his bonds are finalized.

More charges may be added as well.

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