A 20 day stint on the run comes to an end for a South Plains wanted man. Lubbock Police arrested Frank Santana just before ten Friday morning in the 1900 block of Ave. O. He was wanted for aggravated sexual assault for allegedly raping an Anton woman then nearly beating her husband to death.
For over two weeks, Frank Santana has been hiding out trying to avoid police. However, Friday morning a caller from a Central Lubbock neighborhood told police Santana spent the night at 1916 Ave. O.
Hockley County Sheriff, David Kinney, said calls like that were instrumental in his arrest. "That's what helped, we kept getting calls, people kept telling us I've seen him here, I've seen him there. So we knew he was still around," said Kinney.
Thursday night, Albert Tremble returned home to find Santana sitting on his porch. Santana asked if he could spend the night. Hours later, Santana told him about the Anton situation. "He told me he had beat a guy up, messed a guy up, he thought he had killed him," said Tremble.
Central Lubbock isn't the only place Santana has been. Lubbock Police Public Information Officer, Lt. Roy Bassett said, "We had information that he had some ties here to the City of Lubbock and places he might be staying here off and on. Since we got that information, we've been looking for him."
Police booked Santana into the Lubbock County Jail and was transferred to Hockley County hours later. His charges could be upgraded to attempted capital murder, but that will be determined later. For now, he's being held on $500 bond.
"We've been waiting so we can get Frank Santana picked up and hear his side of the story," said Kinney, "Hear what he has to say if he wants to say anything."
Hockley County investigators took Santana in for questioning later Friday afternoon. They said he will not face additional charges for hiding out from police.
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