Robbery suspect caught hiding in creek after chase

A man wanted for a home invasion robbery was arrested early Tuesday after a long chase and intense search.

The chase began around 11 p.m. Monday after police got a call about a man who had forced his way into an apartment on Noel Road in Dallas. Police said the man was armed with a handgun and stole the victim’s cash and cell phone. He fled the scene in a Mercury Marquis, which was later sighted by police.

Officers followed the man for about an hour. He drove through Dallas and then headed into Pleasant Grove and Mesquite. He finally stopped in a neighborhood near Military Parkway and Scyene Road and ran into a creek.

A helicopter with a heat sensor helped police locate him in the water about 45 minutes later. He was arrested and taken into custody by Dallas police.

FOX4, using the license plate number on the car, tracked the vehicle to an address in Mesquite. A man at the residence identified the suspect as his sister’s boyfriend – Alfredo Colmenero.

 “It's just sad because he don't do stuff like this,” said Juan Ceja.

As of Tuesday night, Colmenero has only been charged with evading arrest.  It’s not known if Colmenero will also be charged with the home invasion and whether that victim was chosen at random or specifically targeted.