STAFFORD, Texas - The remaining two suspects have been arrested in the shooting of a Stafford police officer, less than 24 hours after a personal plea from that officer for the public's help in finding them.
Stafford police say a concerned citizen called Crime Stoppers to say Daniel Cruz was hiding in southwest Houston. He was found at a relative's apartment and was taken into custody Friday afternoon at a relative's apartment in the 9000 block of Fondren.
Freddy Henriquez was arrested earlier Friday morning after a caller phoned the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office switchboard and identified Henriquez as the man who came to the caller's church looking for help and a place to stay.
Investigators found Henriquez at a different church in the 7300 block of Ashcroft in Houston. HPD SWAT officers arrested him there without incident at 12:46 a.m. Friday. Police say Henriquez intended to remain in the U.S. by hiding out at churches for the next two to three months, and then assume a new identity.
Henriquez, 28, is charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. Investigators say Cruz will face the same charge.
Henriquez was allegedly driving the car the men were riding in when it was stopped by Stafford Police Officer Ann Carrizales at around 3am on Oct. 27. Cruz was allegedly a passenger.
The arrests came after a personal plea by Officer Carrizales for the public's help in locating the suspects at a news conference Thursday. Crime Stoppers also offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information.
According to police, Officer Carrizales was making a routine traffic stop when a third man in the car with Henriquez and Cruz -- 21-year-old Sergio Rodriguez -- shot her twice at point blank range.
"I was very clear on what I was doing," Officer Carrizales said.
Carrizales says she approached the car with three men inside, she sensed something was wrong.
"My instincts were telling me it was not a good situation," she said.
Moments later, she says the front seat passenger leaned over and started firing.
"Fired, shots fired! I'm hit. All right, I'm still conscious," she can be heard saying in a dash cam recording.
"I've been shot in the face and I know that I've taken one in my vest," said Carrizales.
As the suspects' car sped off, Carrizales fired back, shooting out their rear window. Bleeding and in pain, she got back in her squad car and decided to go after them -- a high-speed chase that lasted 20 miles.
"It wasn't an option for me to give up. I had to stay in that fight because I am a mom and they shot me and they were absolutely not going to get away with that because I will do everything I can to come home to my children every day," Carrizales said.
The chase ended near the intersection of Greenfork Dr. and Concourse Dr in southwest Houston, where the alleged shooter, Rodriguez, identified by police as a member of the MS-13 street gang, was arrested. He is also charged with aggravated assault of a police officer.
"You can't shoot me and drive away. It's not allowed," she said.
Carrizales is off the streets for now, but just until she recovers. She's given no thought to quitting.
"You need people like me out here to do this. I'm honored to do this," Carrizales said.
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