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Brownsville police identify auto theft suspect

Juan Armando Mendez Jr. is accused of striking two unmarked police units in a stolen vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Brownsville Police Department.  (Photo courtesy of the Brownsville Police Department)

A 20-year-old man faces several charges after he struck two unmarked police units while driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the Brownsville Police Department.

At about 3:25, Brownsville police say they were conducting an auto-theft investigation on the 2100 block of Autumn Sage Drive when the driver of the stolen vehicle — identified as 20-year-old Juan Armando Mendez Jr. — "rammed the 2 unmarked police units and tried to run down the officers," according to the news release.

Police later recovered the unoccupied vehicle on the 2300 block of Autumn Sage Drive.

Brownsville detectives and the Cameron County Sheriff's Office detained Mendez Tuesday night, according to the news release. Mendez was transported to a local hospital, where he was medically cleared for a minor gunshot wound to his left leg, according to the news release.

Mendez was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of auto theft, evading arrest and burglary of vehicle. Further burglary charges are pending, according to the news release.

The case remains under investigation.


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