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Investigators Charge Evading Suspect with Kidnapping after Lengthy Investigation Unfolds

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, San Angelo Police began investigating the kidnapping of a 30-year-old San Angelo woman where the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, reportedly held the woman captive and physically and sexually assaulted her at a residence located in the 600 block of East Harris Avenue before stealing her vehicle. 

Hours later, a San Angelo Police Officer discovered the stolen vehicle in the 2400 block of Jomar.  The suspect driver, identified as 40-year-old Lionel Munoz, fled the officers and a brief vehicle and foot pursuit ensued.  Muniz was eventually taken into custody without further incident and then treated at a nearby hospital for dog bite-related injuries he sustained while attempting to hide from officers in a stranger’s backyard. 

During the subsequent field investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained a Search Warrant for the Harris Avenue residence.  During the search, officers located a significant amount of evidence, which corroborated the victim’s allegations.  

Munoz has been charged with Aggravated Kidnapping – Bodily Injury/Sexual Abuse and Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle.  Bond has been set for $157,500.00 

Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.