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+ 4 Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press * June 1,2016 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, "IX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private iindividuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ haysfreepress.com. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Show of force necessary? BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com A man who evaded detention after running from a traffic stop along north Burleson Street Thursday was apprehended several hours later after an intense manhunt. But the show of force by law enforcement while trying to apprehend the suspect concerned a few people. On Thursday, Kyle Police arrested Jaime Arce Esquivel, 25, of San Antonio. Esquivel was booked into the Hays County Jail on a charge of Evading Arrest/ Detention, which is a Class-A misdemeanor. Esquivel was released on May 27 on $5,000 bond. According to a Hays County press release, the incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday when a Hays County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Burleson Street in Kyle. The driver, later identified as Equivel, pulled over the 2009 gray Honda Accord he was driving and then fled the scene on foot. Over the next few hours, officers from the Hays County Sheriff's Office, along with the San Marcos, Kyle and Buda Police Departments and K-9 units searched for Esquivel. That included members of the Hays County SWAT unit, along with a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter. "The tactical team was training yesterday and was in the area when the call went out, they responded," HCSO Lt. Jeff Skrocki said in an emailed response. "They were engaging in field search training and this incident resulted in an abundance of officers in the area at the time and they were able to respond." Over the next few hours, officers from the Hays County Sheriff's Office, along with the San Marcos, Kyle and Buda Police Departments and K-9 units searched for Esquivel. That included members of the Hays County SWAT unit, along with a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter. The resulting search forced authorities to close most of north Burleson Street and Market- place Avenue to commut- ers. Au- thorities eventually called off their ini- tial search at 4 p.m. Thursday. Roughly three hours later, Kyle Police observed Esquivel near the Vista at Plum Creek apartments along FM 1626. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said Esquivel attempted to run from officers toward the Union Pacific railroad tracks near the complex. A second officer cornered Esquivel from the opposite direction and was able to bring him into custody around 7 p.m. "We drove by and saw them open the car door and all the cops looked relieved as they all got a look at the guy," Paige Ross Kimball wrote on the Hays Free Press Facebook page. "We just got to see legs but I assumed it must have been him for so many cops." But several residents also took to Facebook to voice concerns over the use of the SWAT team and search helicopter. "This much manpower for a guy who fled from a traffic stop," Osbeida Jaimes Reeves wrote on the Hays Free Press Facebook page. ',He better be wanted for murder! A helicopter and everything, how much is the cost for that?" Brian Basara wrote On Facebook that utilizing a SWAT team to look for a person who fled ESQUIVEL a traffic stop "sounds slightly extreme." "This 'suspect' better be wanted for war crimes," Juan Manuel Martinez said on Facebook. "Using choppers...smh." Skrocki said in an emailed response that officers did not observe or find a weapon when Esquivel fled. Skrocki said he was perceived to be a threat due to his actions. "His actions were suspect and he was handled as a dangerous person," Skrocki said. Body Found Continued from pg. 1A Anyone with information regarding this or any case may the Hays County Sheriff's Office at 512-393-7896 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division or contact the Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324- TIPS (8477). Remember, information may be submitted electronically from the link on the Hays County Crime Stoppers website or by using the free "TipSubmit" application from a smart phone. Information leading to the arrest and indictment of criminal suspect(s) may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All calls are confidential and callers will remain anonymous. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society +