A quarter to five at the Holiday Inn Express on I-27, a tire squealing pursuit of a fugitive from the law. 32-year-old Harbe Ray Castilleja. Warrants for aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault - listed as one of Lubbock's most wanted. Discovered hiding at the Days Inn, he took off on foot.
"During the foot pursuit the suspect entered an occupied vehicle at a red light in an attempt to evade the officer," said Lt. Cody Scott. But the chase was short lived, barely a mile before the occupants pull over, Castilleja jumps out and continues to run, tackled by a Sheriff's deputy, but not for long. "The suspect was able to get away, and entered the Ramada Inn," said Scott.
"We were by the swimming pool," said Beverly McDonald. She was supervising 24 kids in town for basketball. Horseplay at the pool ended abruptly. "Several cops came in, probably about 20 of them, told us to get our kids out of the pool and up to the rooms," she said. But on the way there, they had an encounter. "We got off the elevator and we look down the hall and there was a guy walking with shorts on and no shirt," said McDonald.
They rushed to their rooms and heard police seconds later. "Screaming, 'Get down, get down,'" said Kathy Pyka.
Castilleja checked out with out handcuffs, complaining of trouble breathing from the pepper spray. Meanwhile, a sheriff's deputy was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Early reports indicate a separated shoulder.
In addition to his existing warrants, Castilleja will be charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading arrest. Authorities found Castilleja's common-law wife, Delores Ann Gonzales, and their two children, staying at the Days Inn hotel. She was arrested for harboring a fugitive and possession of narcotics after police found 2-point-2 grams of meth in their hotel room. The children were released to family members.