Flat tire leads to TX fugitive's arrest in southeast Alabama

Flat tire leads to TX fugitive's arrest in southeast Alabama

HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - A man wanted on felony charges out of Texas was arrested in south Alabama Wednesday, confirms the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

The incident started when a deputy saw a red SUV with a flat tire pulled off the road at Hwy 231 S. and Harden Rd. As he was approaching the vehicle, the deputy noticed the vehicle's Florida license plate had been altered. After running the correct tag, it was discovered the vehicle was stolen out of Tampa.

(The stolen vehicle from Tampa, Florida. Source: RickeyStokesNews)

After being detained for questioning, the man gave officers a false name. He later admitted it was really Fernando Herrera. Authorities ran Herrera's name through the NCIC system and learned he was wanted in Texas for first degree aggravated robbery and credit card abuse.

(Herrera being loaded in to a police unit. Source: RickeyStokesNews)

Herrera told officers that a bald white male wearing an AC/DC shirt ran into the woods behind a building, and that he was possibly armed. A search of the area was conducted but there was never any sign found of a second person.

Following his arrest, Herrera was charged by Houston County Sheriff's Office with multiple crimes, including:

  • First degree receiving stolen property (A Class B felony)
  • Bringing stolen property into the state (A Class B felony)
  • False identity to obstruct justice (A Class C felony)
  • Fugitive from justice

Herrera is being held without bond on each charge. The case is still being investigated. Additional charges are pending.

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