Antonio Gallegos Flores Sr.: Police-Chase Mastermind's Family Nabbed, But He Eludes Cops
Antonio Gallegos Flores Sr. knows how to operate a complicated police chase. Even as you're dropping kids off willy-nilly along the way and telling them to make a run for it, the important thing is that you stay free while they get picked up.
Police are looking for Flores in "a green Hummer" (Texas license 758-HRY4) after a chase that included his son getting shot in the leg by a cop.
The fun began about 10 p.m. Saturday when Flores's wife jumped out of a pickup truck to flag down a cop after, HPD says, she'd been assaulted by Flores earlier in the evening.
Pablo Flores was driving the truck, and took off with the officer in pursuit.
Rice Owls Mens Basketball vs. Charlotte Mens Basketball
TicketsSat., Jan. 28, 7:00pm
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-3PM
TicketsMon., Jan. 30, 10:00am
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 3PM-8PM
TicketsMon., Jan. 30, 3:00pm
Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade
TicketsMon., Jan. 30, 7:00pm
"During the pursuit, [a] 14-year-old suspect jumped from the vehicle as a diversionary tactic and was taken into custody by Harris County Sheriff's deputies," HPD says. "At that time, Antonio Flores Sr. began driving the truck with Pablo as a passenger."
A little bit later, Flores Sr. bailed and left Pablo to get behind the wheel and keep the chase going.
"Pablo Flores continued to flee from officers before losing control of the truck and crashing into the wrought iron fence and gate at an apartment complex entrance at the above address," HPD says. "Two children, inside the truck during the pursuit, a boy, 10, and a girl, 12, ran from the accident scene and were found unharmed by HPD officers."
So to sum up: Jumping out of the truck at various points were Flores's wife, himself, a 14-year-old "diversionary tactic," a ten-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl.
We don't know if circus music was playing, but it should have been.
As Pablo Flores tried to get away on foot after crashing into the fence, police say he reached into his pocket. A pursuing officer believed him to be reaching for a weapon and shot him in the leg. He was treated at a hospital and released into custody.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Antonio Flores Sr. is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Update: HPD announced Tuesday morning they have Flores in custody.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.