Stolen vehicle runs out of gas; suspect captured

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TITUS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A 17-year-old Mount Pleasant man has been arrested and charged in the theft of a vehicle.

According to authorities, Robert Mumma of Mount Pleasant called Wednesday to report that his vehicle had been stolen. He said his daughter, Jamie Mumma, believed that Joshua Ramirez, 17, of Mount Pleasant, may have stolen it.

Later that day, deputies responded to the 167 mile marker west bound on I-30 in reference to the stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, Jamie Mumma told deputies that she had found the stolen vehicle and it had run out of gas. Mumma said that Ramirez had been next to the stolen vehicle, and when confronted, he had attempted to stab Daniel Rocha, a 21-year-old from Mount Pleasant, who was riding with Mumma. She said that Ramirez had run off into the woods.

Deputies along with Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Officers, Winfield Police Department Officers, Mount Pleasant Police Department Officers and Constable Chris Durant searched the area for Ramirez.

The suspect was found on FM 1001 and taken into custody. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle after the keys to the stolen vehicle were located in his pocket. Ramirez was also charged with Aggravated Assault and was later charged with Possession of a Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility when he was found to be in possession of Xanex while being booked in.

Thursday Titus County Sheriff's Office Investigators interviewed Joshua Ramirez. They obtained a confession from him in regards to an unrelated burglary. Investigators are in the process of seeking an arrest warrant for a second individual involved in this burglary.