Suspect Jailed after He Stole a Truck, Drove Over Owner in East San Angelo

Jul 10, 2019   08:09 PM

July 10, 2019 — A 34-year-old Grape Creek man is facing several charges after he committed several crimes but failed to escape pursuing officers during an early morning foot chase in East San Angelo. 

Around 5:15 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Churchill Boulevard for the report of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in progress.  While en route to the call, Officers observed the stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup fleeing the area.  

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the 1500 block of South Bell Street but the suspect bailed out and ran into the backyard of a private residence.  The suspect, later identified as Rusty Bryant, was apprehended after a brief foot chase and taken into custody without further incident. 

During the follow-up investigation, Officers learned Bryant had obtained the truck’s keys and a wallet during the commission of a recent burglary.  Bryant reportedly used the victim’s bank cards and subsequently acquired the victim’s home address.  

Just after 5:00 a.m. this morning, the victims heard the truck’s horn sound as if someone pushed the key fob and when they ran outside to check on the truck; Bryant drove over the male homeowner while trying to escape.  The homeowner was transported to Community Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

Following an interview with Detectives from the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Bryant was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Evading Arrest Detention.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing Investigation.