Man wanted for Texas crimes found in Pearl River County

Published 1:44 am Sunday, April 5, 2009

A man wanted in Texas for a number of violent crimes was located in Pearl River County by the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force with help from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect, Saul Hernandez, was found to be hiding at a residence on Pea Ridge Road, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Hernandez had warrants out for his arrest for six felonies, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. Those warrants were from departments in Denton County, Texas and the Lewisville Police Department, also in Texas. Those departments have been trying to locate Hernandez since March, 2008.

Donnie Saucier, chief Investigator with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department, said there is no indication that Hernandez committed any crimes during his stay in this county. However, information about Hernandez will be sent to other agencies in other areas to determine if they have unsolved crimes that match those with whichHernandez is being charged.

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“We don’t have any unsolved crimes that would be indicative to the way he committed his (alleged) crimes in Texas,” Saucier said in a phone interview on Friday.

Hernandez was located through investigative assistance to the Denton County Sheriff’s Department by the U.S. Marshal’s office in Sherman Texas, the release states. That U.S. Marshal’s office suspects Hernandez originally ran to Mexico before reentering the United States and hiding to Pearl River County. The suspect was located through a team effort by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s GCRTF, the release states.

When Hernandez arrived at that home on Pea Ridge Road at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, he was arrested but gave false identifying information. Three other people were at the trailer when Hernandez was picked up. Hernandez was ultimately identified by his tattoos and a Texas identification card found in his bedroom when officers executed a search warrant. A pistol also was found in his room during the search, the release states.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this incident. We do not want, or need, this type of criminal in Pearl River County. Our good working relationship with the U.S. Marshals has proven to be very effective and this arrest is a perfect example of that,” Saucier said in the release.

“This was a very dangerous fugitive and I am pleased that he has been safely taken of the streets. Thanks to our partners in law enforcement in both Texas and in Pearl River County, his run from justice has ended,” Nehemiah Flowers Jr., U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi said in the release.