On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at approximately 9:59am Officer Charles Ortega was patrolling Harding Avenue when he observed Jose Santos Venegas (age 25 of Cleveland) standing at a residence located in the 200 block of Harding Avenue. Officer Ortega was aware Jose Venegas had been indicted by a Liberty County Grand Jury for Evading Arrest with a Vehicle from charges previously filed by the Cleveland Police Department.
Officer Ortega drove past the wanted person and parked his unit a block away from the residence. Upon walking back to the residence, he found the front door to be locked. He walked to the rear of the residence and spoke with a female standing in the yard. At this time, Jose Venegas ran from the front of the residence and Officer Ortega gave chase. Responding units arrived and set up a perimeter cordoning off several blocks surrounding Harding Avenue.
At 10:26am, Officer Ortega and Captain Felts were standing in front of a residence located in the 500 block of E. Hanson Street. The Officers heard movement behind the residence and went to investigate. Jose Venegas was found hiding in a patch of tall bamboo. Upon seeing the Officers he began to flee east onto Taft Avenue. As the Officers chased Venegas, he ran into a residence on the 200 block of Taft Avenue. Officer Ortega caught up with Venegas during the foot pursuit and followed him into the residence. Officer Ortega was able to apprehend Jose Venegas inside the residence without incident.
“Officer Ortega’s performance throughout this incident was outstanding. From his spotting the wanted subject to his eventual apprehension. We have had several instances where an apprehension was attempted for Mr. Venegas in the past with no avail. Officer Ortega’s determination is what eventually led to the arrest. I have to give kudos to Officer Ortega for his apprehension of this wanted person!” (Captain Felts)
The Cleveland Police Department would also like to thank the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, Cleveland ISD and the Department of Public Safety for their assistance.