Posted: Feb 6, 2013 9:58 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 10:51 PM
HIDALGO COUNTY - A suspect who eluded authorities for more than a year will have to answer for crimes allegedly committed throughout Texas.
Police arrested Jose Jaime Roque Munoz, 45, Tuesday north of Mercedes. He had eluded La Villa police officers on two previous occasions.
"He's already been questioned by DPS. There's a county north of Dallas that wants him for money laundering. Cameron County wants him for money laundering. He's wanted by the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office ... possible the U.S. Marshal's Service and ICE," La Villa Police Chief Mario Leal said.
Roque escaped from La Villa police after a chase six months ago and again in November.
"That time it was just a few of us, so he managed to go into the brush and after that we lost him," La Villa Police Lt. Daniel Kafka said.
"This time I was determined to stay on his tail and chase him to where it ended. At that time we were calling on the radio for help so we had other agencies come in and assist," Kafka said.
Kafka also detained a woman at the scene. She told officers Roque was armed.
"She said, ‘he's carrying a gun.' That's when we found out that he was armed," Kafka said.
Police have not found that gun.
La Villa police charged Roque with two counts of evading arrest with a vehicle, altered license plates and evading on foot.
Leal said Roque may have been a member of a criminal organization. Roque was arrested near Dallas after police found hundreds of thousands of dollars in his possession.
"He was carrying $475,000. Something like that, that's organized right there," Leal said.
Roque denied any links to organized crime.
"That's totally untrue ... it's a big lie. Let them show some proof. I've never belonged to a gang," Roque said.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked him how he eluded police for so long.
"I live on the streets, in the sugarcane fields. I sleep in my truck. I'm not with my family," he said.
His son also was arrested. He was charged with two misdemeanors.