Suspect charged for trying to run down officer has criminal past of evading - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/16/09

Suspect charged for trying to run down officer has criminal past of evading

Source: LPD Source: LPD

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 uncovers new details about the man accused of trying hit a Lubbock Police Officer with his car.

Adam Vidales, 19, is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant three days after police say he tried to run down Lubbock Police Officer Less Karren.

Court records reveal Vidales has a history of running from the law. We found a conviction for evading arrest back in 2007. Police say Vidales did it again Friday night at 1902 63rd Street, but this time they say he not only fled, but also put a police officer's life in danger. "We'd like to try and have him picked up as soon as possible," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

Police say Vidales is one of two suspects accused of breaking into this home. A 911 caller alerted police, and Officer Karren was first on scene.

Investigators say Karren saw the suspects jump into a white car. He drew his gun and told them to stop, but Karren says Vidales hit the gas, and headed in his direction. Karren fired two shots at the driver, but we've learned at least one of those bullets hit the passenger, 17-year-old Moses Navarrette Junior.

Authorities learned of Navarrette's alleged involvement after another 911 call led them to Applegate Shady Acres Mobile Home Park. That's where they found Navarrette on a front porch with a bullet wound to the torso. EMS took him to University Medical Center, where at last report, he remained in critical condition. Navarrette is now charged with burglary.

Officer Karren is on paid administrative leave which police say is standard procedure while they review the incident.

In the meantime, police continue their search for Vidales. He has several tattoos, including the word 'thug life' on his left arm, and the name 'Marissa' on his left wrist. If you know where he is, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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