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San Angelo PD charges evading suspect with kidnapping after investigation

The suspect fled from officers Thursday but was taken into custody after a brief pursuit.
Credit: San Angelo PD

SAN ANGELO, Texas — On Thursday, Oct. 22, the San Angelo Police Department initiated an investigation into the kidnapping of a 30-year-old San Angelo woman.

According to an SAPD press release, the suspect was an acquaintance of the victim and reportedly held her captive and physically and sexually assaulted her at a home in the 600 block of East Harris Avenue before stealing her vehicle.

An SAPD officer found the stolen vehicle in the 2400 block of Jomar Street hours later, according to the release.

The suspected driver identified as Lionel Munoz, 40, fled from officers and a brief vehicle and foot pursuit began.

Munoz was taken into custody without further incident and treated at a local hospital for dog-bite-related injuries he received while trying to hide in a stranger's backyard.

During the field investigations, detectives with the department's Criminal Investigations Division obtained a search warrant for the home on Harris Avenue.

A significant amount of evidence, which corroborated the victim's allegations, was found during the search.

Munoz has been charged with aggravated kidnapping - bodily injury/sexual abuse and evading arrest detention with a vehicle. His bond has been set at $157,500.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are forthcoming.