Ponce, wanted for sexual assaults, arrested after brief police chase in North Lubbock

After a two-day search by Lubbock police and sheriff’s officials, a man wanted in connection with at least two recent sexual assaults was in custody late Friday.

Thomas Ponce, 27, was believed to be behind multiple, random sexual assault cases in Lubbock County and was considered to be dangerous, police Chief Greg Stevens said in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, a tip came in that Ponce had been spotted around First Street and University Avenue, according to LPD spokeswoman Tiffany Pelt.

“Officers nearby began to search the area and located Ponce,” she said. “Ponce ran from officers, and after a brief foot chase, Ponce was taken into custody near the 2600 block of first street.”

Ponce was being booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center Friday evening.

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