Traffic stop ends in ID theft charge against Cameron man

A traffic stop in Rockdale last week, that included a brief foot chase, ended with a variety of charges against a 23-year- old Cameron man.

Jonathan Mario Lara remains in the county jail on bond totaling $113,000 after the arrest by Ofc. Adam Assaker.

Police Chief Thomas Harris said Assaker discovered “four or five” credit cards in the vehicle, along with a purse belonging to a Cameron woman.

“We notified Cameron police, they called the woman and she wasn’t even aware her purse had been stolen,” Harris said.

There was also a short foot chase involved. “It just went a few feet before the suspect gave up,” Harris said.

Lara was charged with fraudulent use/possession of identifying information, bond surrender on an original charge of manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance, bond surrender for evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and burglary of a vehicle.

ARRESTS—Christopher Aaron Woods, 30, of Rockdale, was charged April 16 with possession of marijuana (under two ounces), possession of a controlled substance (under one gram) and on a local warrant for violation of a city ordinance. He was released after posting $8,000 bond.

Dustin Toungate, 32, and Gregory Strelsky Jr., 19, both of Rockdale, were charged Thursday after a traffic stop, according to police.

Toungate was charged with tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair and possession of a dangerous drug. He remains in the county jail in lieu of $23,000 bond.

Strelsky was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and remains in the county jail in lieu of $3,000 bond.

Ricky Duran, 42, of Rockdale, was arrested Thursday for theft of a firearm and theft of property. Bond was set at $9,000, according to police.

Christopher Aaron Crum, 30, of Cameron was arrested Saturday and charged with assault on a family/household member with previous conviction. He remains in the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

OFFENSES—Police investigated one theft complaint during the past seven days, involving the theft of a bb-gun from Walmart, Harris said.

Officers also investigated several incidents of driving with an invalid license, no driver’s license, possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication with a substance other than alcohol.

ACCIDENTS—Three traffic accidents were investigated inside the Rockdale city limits during the past seven days.

Vehicles operated by Michael Lugo and James McWhorter, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 1:28 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of US 77 and US 79 in east Rockdale.

Damages were termed minor by police.

Police said vehicles driven by Dell Thurman of Milano and David Novotny of Columbia, Ohio, were in collision at 7:54 a.m. Friday at the West Cameron (US 79)-Meadow intersection.

Damages were termed extensive to the Thurman car and minor to the Novotny vehicle.

Police also investigated a two-vehicle collision on West Cameron ( US 79) in front of O’Rielly Auto Parts at 4:19 p.m. Friday.

Drivers were listed as Felicia Alexander of Rockdale and Derys Padilla- Gonzalez of Houston. Minor damages were reported, according to police.

WARRANTS—Police served six warrants during the past week, including a Cameron Police Department warrant for theft ($ 50 to $ 500) and Rockdale warrants for violation of city ordinance, driving while license invalid, accident involving damage to vehicle, theft ($500 to $5,000), expired registration and failure to appear.

CITATIONS—Police issued 10 citations for speeding during the past week, along with seven for expired MVI sticker, three for no insurance and one for expired registration.

Two citations each were issued for theft (under $50) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

SERVICE CALLS—Officers responded to 168 total calls for service during the week and 94 calls were received through the 911 emergency system.

CRIME STOPPERS—Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County, toll-free, at 1-888- 697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips.

Calls are anonymous and no one will ask your name. Callers will be given a number for future correspondence involving their tips to law enforcement.

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