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Pursuit of robbery suspect ends at Ridgecrest
Polk County Enterprise - January 2010
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — A multiagency pursuit of a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Porter ended in Livingston at about 5 a.m. Thursday when the suspect abandoned his vehicle on Mimosa Street and fl ed to a nearby apartment complex. Polk County sheriff’s deputies and Livingston police joined a pursuit by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offi ce of a 2004 Chrysler Pacifi ca at Pan American Drive and Business 59 at the south end of Livingston, according to Chief Deputy Byron Lyons. The car had been stolen in Houston and had been involved in an armed robbery of a fast food restaurant in Porter. Offi cers were told that the suspect had displayed a fi rearm during the robbery. When the vehicle reached Livingston, the pursuit also included the Texas Department of Public Safety, Patton Village police, Splendora police, San Jacinto County deputies, according to Livingston Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Parrish. The vehicle exited U.S. 59 at South Washington and traveled onto Liberty St. attempting to elude offi cers, Lyons said. The car stopped on private property near the intersection of Manning and Liberty and local offi cers were able to identify the driver as Ray Anthony McGowen Jr., 20, of Livingston. The driver rammed several patrol vehicles and nearly struck several officers. “Officers fired their service weapons at the suspect vehicle being in fear of their life,” Lyons said. The driver then fled east to South Houston St. Officers relocated the vehicle and pursued it to Mimosa St. where McGowen lost control of the vehicle and fled on foot while still in possession of the firearm. He was arrested by Deputy Darrin Crow, according to officers at the scene. He was treated at the scene for an apparent gunshot wound to the arm by Americare EMS, Lyons said. He was then taken to Memorial Medicare Center-Livingston for further treatment, according to Lyons. McGowen remains in custody on four felony charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm and evading with a motor vehicle. McGowen will additional charges filed by other agencies for the stolen vehicle, stolen firearm and armed robbery.