Nine people detained following chase in Pecos, schools under secure hold

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 11:31 AM CDT
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PECOS, Texas (KOSA) -

UPDATE: Twelve people packed into a SUV led Pecos police on a brief chase Thursday morning. They caught and arrested nine of them, but three are still on the loose.

When Charles Forbs walked outside his house, he saw quite the commotion. A dozen law enforcement vehicles had flooded his street and officers were running through the mesquite field nearby searching for the people who ran from the abandoned SUV.

“I got to look and them doors was flied open,” Forbs said. “They were open on that car and they were getting out of dodge. Getting out of Pecos anyway.”

Pecos police said this all started when the carload wouldn’t pull over for a traffic stop on Fifth and Cedar Street, but it’s not clear why.

At this point police haven’t identified anyone who was arrested, and they don’t know if any of them are undocumented immigrants.

“You never know when they jump out and take off running there’s some reason,” Forbs said. “They’re not ready to get caught.”

Police say they searched for the suspects with DPS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agents.

Situations like this are common in West Texas, so Pecos Police Chief Lisa Tarango said residents should always keep an eye out for anything that looks out of place.

“Any time that there’s any suspicious vehicles in neighborhood areas and or as a citizen may notice an overabundance of people in a vehicle, those are all warning signs that we would like to know about,” Tarango said.

Pecos police say they have no reason to believe any of the people they’re searching for are dangerous.

Chief Tarango said she’s confident all three of the people they’re searching for will be found soon.


Schools in Pecos are under a ‘secure hold’ due to a police situation Thursday morning.

According to Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Bessie Haynes Elementary was placed in a secure hold at 8 a.m. due to an active police situation near the school involving the Pecos Police Department and U.S. Marshals.

All PBTISD schools were then placed in a secure hold out of an abundance of caution.

The school district says that there is no threat to any of the campuses.

During secure holds the outside doors of schools are locked but classes continue as usual.

Posted by Pecos Barstow Toyah ISD on Thursday, September 24, 2020

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