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UPDATE: Man arrested in Jones Co. was wanted in connection to the death of Selena Ann Bradley

William James Martinez (Hernandez) was arrested after a high speed chase that began in north Abilene. He crashed the vehicle near Hamlin, then fled on foot.
Credit: Abilene Police Department

JONES COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE: The San Angelo Police Department issued an update to the murder of Selena Ann Bradley, 23, Tuesday morning.

William James Hernandez, a.k.a. Martinez, was taken into custody Tuesday morning the Hamlin Police Department officers.

Hernandez was named a person of interest early on in a missing person investigation that was led by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, according to the SAPD release.

Through investigation, deputies believed Hernandez was involved in Bradley’s disappearance and Bradley may have been at a business or residence associated with Hernandez.

Pursuant to the field investigation, detectives obtained information that led them to believe Hernandez could be in Abilene. In a coordinated effort with the Abilene Police Department, Hernandez was found near a carwash in Abilene, but avoided apprehension after he purposely collided with the apprehension team’s vehicle.

The vehicle Hernandez was operating was later found in Jones County, unoccupied and disabled in a field. After a multi-agency search that included the aforementioned agencies and Texas Game Wardens, Hernandez successfully eluded officials until he was discovered walking by a Hamlin Police Department officer.

Hernandez has been charged with murder. This investigation is ongoing and additional details will be released when they become available.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 39-year-old man wanted in connection to a homicide in San Angelo was arrested in Jones County Tuesday morning after he led law enforcement on a high speed chase that began in Abilene and ended in Jones County.

According to the Abilene Police Department, William James Martinez, a.k.a. Hernandez, 39, was wanted in connection to a homicide in San Angelo. His vehicle was located Monday evening in north Abilene.

When officers attempted to stop it, he fled at a high rate of speed. Martinez eventually ended up in Jones County, where he crashed just east of Hamlin and fled on foot.

He was arrested in Jones County, according to the latest update from the APD.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office said it, along with Abilene, Anson and Hamlin police departments, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens were involved in a multi-county pursuit of the suspect. 

Information about the homicide he was wanted in connection to was not given by law enforcement. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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