Friday, at approximately 10:56 am, a Deputy with the Precinct 1 Constable Office conducted a traffic stop on IH 45 just north of FM 830.
Upon approaching the vehicle and making verbal contact with the driver; the deputy immediately developed probable cause and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. The deputy further learned that the driver was an illegal who had been deported as an aggravated felon. At this time, a peace officer from the Panorama Village stopped to assist our deputy with this roadside investigation.
Officers then advised the driver/suspect that he was being detained. The driver then started actively resisting both officers and a violent struggle ensued. The driver continued fighting with the officers into the median onto the feeder road; in an attempt to flee. During this struggle, several citizens stopped to help the officers gain control of the driver/suspect.
The driver/suspect was detained and then started having a medical episode. Montgomery County Hospital District arrived on location to check the driver/suspect, who was then transported for medical evaluation.
Both deputies were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The driver/suspect was later released from the hospital and taken to the Montgomery County Jail without incident. The driver/suspect was charged with two (2) counts of Assault on a Public Servant, a third-degree felony.
Constable Cash wishes to thank the citizens who stopped to help deputies gain control of this suspect. “We are fortunate to work in a community where the public respects, supports and helps the police”. “Since January 1 of this year, 107 police officers have lost their lives providing law enforcement services throughout the nation”.
Constable Cash further thanks our area partners (Panorama Police Department, Conroe Fire, and Montgomery County Hospital District and Precinct 2 Constable’s Office) for their assistance in getting a violent felon off our streets.
Arrested: Jose Leonardo Cruz-Lanza, dob. 10/28/1990;