Canyon police arrest auto burglary suspects after chase

Early Wednesday morning, the Canyon Police Department made two arrests of suspects believed to be involved with the motor vehicle burglaries that took place over the evening. Upwards of 13 vehicles were burglarized in Canyon over the evening, not including burglaries that occurred on campus.

CPD Officers located a vehicle believed to be involved in motor vehicle burglaries on campus based on descriptions from the WTAMU Police Department. That car was identified alongside another vehicle that was later determined to have been a stolen vehicle. 

While attempting to stop the suspect’s vehicle, a pursuit ensued. The car crashed shortly after the pursuit into a parked car on the side of the road. The stolen vehicle also drove away and was later found crashed in another location in Canyon.

After the suspect’s car crashed, the occupants fled on foot. With the help of UPD and the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, the subjects who fled during the pursuit were apprehended. Driver Elliot Patterson, an 18-year-old male from Amarillo was arrested for Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle and a separate traffic offense. The passenger, Zangel Tavarez, a 17-year-old male from Amarillo, was arrested for Evading Arrest. 

Residents with any video from the evening of February 7th into the morning of February 8th in area of 28th St. and 8th Ave are encouraged to turn the footage into the Canyon Police Department by calling (806) 655-5005.

The Canyon Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is currently investigating the case in conjunction with UPD. If Canyon residents discover they were victims of a burglary of a motor vehicle over the evening, contact CPD.

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