Subject from pursuit remains at large

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A man that fled after a pursuit that ended north of Alvord Thursday evening remains at large.

Authorities are searching for Alejandro Pedroza, 30, who was last seen Friday morning around 11 on the northeast side of U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord.


“He was running northeast at the time, wearing black knee-length shorts and white tennis shoes,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.

Pedroza has a tattoo across his chest and a big bruise on his forehead.

“We don’t believe he’s armed. He has no history of violence,” Akin said. “We believe he’s trying to get out of the area and trying to get back to El Paso or Mexico.”

Deputies will be patrolling the area. Akin urged residents in the area to keep doors locked, take keys to vehicles inside and keep exterior lights on.

The original pursuit started around 5:30 p.m. in Decatur and went north on U.S. 81/287. An officer with the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit spotted the vehicle driving slow in the left lane. The pursuit went through Alvord before the vehicle crashed.

Two men, Juan Saenz, 21, and Hernan Guerrero, 22, attempted to flee but were quickly apprehended. A third man, Francisco Herrera-Vasquez, 27, was taken into custody later Thursday.

Saenz, who was injured when the vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, crashed north of Alvord on U.S. 81/287, was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System. He was later transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment.

Akin said U.S. Marshals took Saenz into custody at the hospital on an outstanding warrant for smuggling illegal immigrants.

Akin said Saenz had in his possession one pound of marijuana, two ounces of methaphetamine, LSD and black tar heroin.

Guerrero and Vasquez were charged with forgery of government/national instrument, money or securities and were taken to Wise County Jail. Bail for both men is set at $8,000.

A female in the vehicle did not attempt to flee the scene. She was not charged with a crime and was released.

Department of Public Safety troopers and the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit took part in the pursuit. A DPS helicopter and Decatur Police Department’s K-9 unit assisted in the search.

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