Bee County grand jurors met last week to hear the evidence against Ryan Ray Longoria in connection with an April 7 incident that began in Beeville.
Officers had answered calls concerning three burglaries that Monday morning and were looking for a white, Dodge company pickup in connection with the reports when Lt. Eddie Garcia spotted the vehicle at the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 and FM 351.
“I’ve got the vehicle,” Garcia said over his car radio, and a number of other officers started heading in the direction.
When Sgt. Chris Bernal pulled in behind the suspect Longoria allegedly stomped the gas and began leading officers from the BPD, the Bee County Sheriffs Office and Texas Department of Public Safety on a wild, high-speed chase on several rural roads before taking the chase south on Highway 181.
The chase ended after the pickup raced through several streets in Skidmore and then turned back on U.S. 181, heading north in the southbound lanes.
The chase finally ended after Texas Ranger James Bennett pulled in along side the pickup, shot out its tires and performed a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver on it in the northbound portion of the four-lane, divided highway.
Longoria, a brother of jailed murder suspect Richard Longoria, was behind the wheel when officers surrounded the pickup.
By the time he was stopped at gunpoint, Longoria had led officers for miles at speeds of up to 110 mph.
When officers finally surrounded the pickup he was driving at the time, Bennett said Longoria was still trying to pull forward onto the roadway with two tires shot out and bullet holes in the body of the truck.
A BPD officer stopped in front of the pickup to block it where it was, and one officer broke out the driver’s side window so police could reach in and pull the suspect out of the cab.
Longoria was locked up in the Bee County Jail, charged with several felony crimes, including a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer, and his bond was set at $10,000,
Grand jurors returned indictments on three second degree felonies including aggravated assault against a public servant and two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft.
The assault charge alleged that Longoria threatened Patrolman Salvador Sanchez of the BPD with a deadly weapon, a motor vehicle, by driving in his direction during the incident.
If convicted of any of the second degree felonies, the defendant could be sentenced to 20 years in a state prison and fined $10,000.
Another count of the indictment was on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a third degree felony.
If convicted on that count Longoria could be sentenced to 10 years in state prison and fined $10,000.
The other two counts included charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, for allegedly taking the Dodge pickup from one of his victims, and a burglary of a building.
Both of those charges are state jail felonies. Convictions on either of those charges could send the defendant to a state jail facility for up to two years and result in a fine of $10,000.
Longoria’s brother was in custody at the Bee County Jail at the time of the incident after he was accused of murdering another man last summer with a .22-caliber rifle.
That incident happened at Kohler Park on the northwest side of Beeville.
Another man, who was driving the car that Richard Longoria was in at the time, also was arrested on a murder charge, and he remains in jail here.
Ryan Ray Longoria’s bond was increased to $100,000 after the indictments were returned.
He has been in custody at the Bee County Jail since his arrest three months ago.
BPD Detective Chris Vasquez is in charge of the investigation.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.