Johnny Ray Longoria Jr. is behind bars today, with a hefty $890,000 bond to keep him there after he tried to drive over a hit-and-run victim and the police officer interviewing them. That’s one less mean hombre on the mean streets of Gonzales, Texas.
Longoria has a long list of charges against him after trying to kill the victim and a police officer
Gonzales Police Department officers were dispatched to the Circle G Truck Stop on Saturday, Oct. 8, in reference to a hit-and-run incident. Longoria Jr., who was unknown at the time, had run off on foot in an unknown direction.
It was while GPD Sgt. Cesar Martinez was on scene, speaking to the hit-and-run victim, that he observed an 18-wheeler heading right for him and the victim. The driver of that truck was Longoria, who had stolen it after he had run from the incident.
The 18-wheeler struck the victim’s vehicle as Sgt. Martinez and the victim managed to get out of the way and avoid being run over. The collision pushed the victim’s vehicle into a pasture on the opposite side of the road.
After that, the tractor-trailer crossed over the median of US-183 northbound with other officers in pursuit with lights and sirens screaming on their cruisers. The truck began traveling on the opposite lane of traffic, striking several vehicles before coming to a stop.
Trying to rub out a witness does not work like on TV
Longoria Jr. of Gonzales, exited the 18-wheeler and ran into the 400 block of Village Drive. Sgt. Martinez caught Longoria on foot and detained him, where he was transported to the Gonzales County Jail.
The suspect had been the individual who reportedly hit the victim’s car the first time and had allegedly stolen the 18-wheeler and used it to hit the victim’s car the second time. He was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle. But wait, there’s more.
“Upon further investigation, reviewing in car videos, obtaining witness and victim statements, Johnny Ray Longoria has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer or Fireman (first-degree felony) and five counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon (second-degree felony),” GPD Lt. Jason Montoya said in an interview with Gonzales Inquirer. “These charges are in addition to the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle.”
Longoria remains in the Gonzales County Jail in lieu of $890,000 total bond. Lt. Montoya said neither Martinez nor the victim suffered any injuries in the incident, which remains under investigation.