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Police: Suspect in custody following manhunt near San Juan

Jose "Killer Joe" Garcia (Source: San Juan Police Department via Twitter)

Update 5/18/18 at 7 p.m.: A suspected gang member is in custody following a manhunt Friday, according to San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

San Juan police arrested Jose "Killer Joe" Garcia in a brush area just hours after he's accused of striking a deputy constable with his vehicle on the 900 block of Border Breeze. Garcia reportedly fled the scene on foot after abandoning his vehicle.

He's expected to be charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer on Saturday, Gonzalez said.

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Original story: A manhunt is underway for a suspected gang member accused of "intentionally" striking a Hidalgo County Precinct 2 deputy constable with a vehicle Friday afternoon, according to information released by San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

Police say Jose "Killer Joe" Garcia was stopped for a traffic violation on the 900 block of Border Breeze when he struck the deputy, then fled the scene.

Garcia reportedly abandoned his vehicle at the end of Border Breeze Road and fled into the brush on foot.

He is a known violent gang member, according to police.

San Juan police and other law enforcement officers continue to search for Garcia.

Anyone with information with Garcia's whereabouts is asked to call their local police departments.

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