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Farm Worker Assaulted by Suspect Following Vehicle Pursuit
Posted: 12/2/2013 12:00 AM

On Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 8:03 a.m. the Arizona Department of Public Safety sent out an “Attempt to Locate” after they received information regarding two or three individuals loading bundles of marijuana into a green Ford Taurus near Interstate 8 and Stanfield Road.

At 8:22 a.m. a deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle matching the description northbound on White and Parker Road. A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was traveling in excess of 100mph during the pursuit. Deputies attempted on several occasions to put out “spike strips” in an attempt to deflate the vehicles tires to end the pursuit. While one of the deputies was attempting to lay out the “spike strips,” the driver of the vehicle swerved and almost stuck him.

After driving at high speeds for nearly 35 minutes, deputies could see thick black smoke coming from the vehicles underside. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop on Amarillo Valley just south of Teel Road. The driver and passenger door opened and two Hispanic males ran in opposite directions from the vehicle.

The driver ran through a nearby dairy farm as deputies were chasing him. As he ran through a feed yard full of cattle, a dairy worker who saw deputies chasing him tripped the suspect who fell forward face first into cow manure. A cow who was startled by the commotion stepped on the suspect while he was on the ground. The suspect got up and punched the dairy worker several times in the face as the worker tried to restrain him for deputies. When deputies reached the men, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect initially lied and provided a false name (Roman Martinez Lopez) but after his fingerprints were taken, deputies learned his real name was Ruben Soto-Gonzalez (age 25 of Casa Grande). Soto-Gonzalez was also carrying a Motorola handheld radio when he fled.

The dairy worker drove himself to Urgent Care for the injuries he received while attempting to restrain Soto-Gonzalez. His nose and mouth were both bleeding and swollen.

The passenger was caught nearby hiding underneath a bush. He was later identified as Daniel Aguilar-Alvarez (age 40 of Mexico).

Inside of the vehicle, deputies found three packaged bundles of marijuana which weighed a total of 160 pounds with a street value to $120,000.

Ruben Soto Gonzalez was booked into the Pinal County Jail for two counts of Aggravated Assault, Felony Flight, Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Marijuana. Daniel Aguilar Alvarez was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Marijuana.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “I want to thank the dairy worker for his bravery while helping us arrest a fleeing felon who obviously didn’t care about anybody’s safety but his own. Deputies and citizens continue to deal with the consequences of an unsecured southern border.”


Public Information Officer

Mark Clark

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