Two suspects flee after DPS traffic stop

7 undocumented passengers left behind

SEVEN OAKS -- Two suspects remain at large after fleeing a traffic stop by the Texas Highway Patrol on U.S. Highway 59 in the Seven Oaks area Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS,) the driver of a 2004 Toyota passenger van, Oscar Perez, 27, of Honduras, was traveling north on U.S. 59 and was stopped by a DPS Trooper Zach Linderman for a traffic violation at approximately 3:30 p.m.

During the stop, Perez and an unidentified passenger abruptly evaded the officer on foot and ran into the nearby woods.

Seven passengers were left behind in the van and are believed to be undocumented immigrants that Perez was allegedly transporting from Houston to New York.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice K9 Division arrived at the scene that evening to conduct a nearby search for the suspects. However, the two suspects were reported to still be on-the-run as of press time Friday.

The seven undocumented passengers were later transferred into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)