Chase, fight, subdue wanted man near Milano on Friday

$335,000 bond set after tip from public leads to fugitive’s arrest

A 28-year- old Tanglewood man, wanted for two months on a variety of charges by officers in three counties, was arrested Friday night on a county road south of Milano.

Chief Deputy Chris White said Samuel Martin “Marty” Wesson was arrested after a foot chase and a fight with Deputy Sheriff John Mendoza.

Wesson was jailed on a variety of offenses, several of them in connection with Friday’s events.

White said Wesson has been wanted on felony warrants by Milam, Lee and Bastrop counties and “has been eluding authorities for the past two months.”

“A few tips had come in indicating that Wesson was staying with his grandparents in Tanglewood,” White said. “But attempts to locate him there weren’t successful.”

TIP—White said Friday night Sheriff David Greene received a tip that allowed deputies and Milam state troopers to converge in the area south of Milano in search of Wesson’s red pickup.

“Officers located him driving west on CR 328 where they attempted to stop and apprehend him,” White said. “He led them on a short chase before abandoning his vehicle in a private drive and running off on foot.”

FIGHT—White said Deputy Mendoza located Wesson in a lightly wooded area and “had to fight him while taking him into custody.”

Wesson is accused of crimes ranging from distribution of methamphetamines to organized criminal activity and felony thefts.

After Friday’s events he was also charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and possession of a prohibited substance (methamphetamine) in a correctional facility. (See jail log this page for complete list of charges.)

Wesson remains in the Milam County Jail in lieu of $335,000 bond.

“I am extremely proud in the performance of my men and our Milam County state troopers,” Greene said. “They did a great job in getting this dangerous individual off the street.” Marty Wesson, 28, remains in jail in lieu of $335,000 bond, was sought to face charges in three counties.

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