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Published: Thursday, June 08, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (June 9)
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating how 25-year-old Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera escaped from a locked cruiser and eluded authorities for nearly eight hours Thursday night, Lt. Robert Sellers of the patrol’s Dayton Post said today.
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“How he actually managed to get out of the patrol cruiser we haven’t gotten to a finding for that,” he said. “At this time I know he was in the rear of the cruiser. I do not know if he was handcuffed at that time but he was in the rear of the cruiser and the doors were locked.”
The manhunt lasted from about 4:30 p.m. until 12:10 a.m., the lieutenant said, but it’s not clear how long it took to realize the suspect fled from a Preble County tow business after troopers found 11 pounds of heroin — worth approximately $500,000 — during a traffic stop.
“Ultimately, without the help of all of our law enforcement partners we wouldn’t have been able to find him,” Sellers said.
Sellers called the drug bust “a pretty significant heroin seizure.”
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“Anytime we can disrupt the flow of drugs into our communities is a win. That is one less person that may be affected by the heroin crisis,” he said. “We’re out there, we’re working hard, we’re removing this stuff from the roadways before it even gets to our communities.”
The suspect was not cooperative with authorities, so the destination of the heroin is unknown, Sellers said.
Robles Olvera is booked into the Preble County Jail on suspicion of felony charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possessing criminal tools; and for a minor misdemeanor traffic violation for speeding. He is being held without bond, jail records show.
UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m.: (June 9)Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera has been captured and that ends the Preble County manhunt, the Ohio Highway Patrol said in a statement. No details about the apprehension were released.
UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.
The manhunt has taken state troopers and other law enforcement officers to a barn in the 900 block of state Route 122, just south of the Preble County Fairgrounds and Silfex, Inc. They have their weapons drawn as they check that and several other areas near the fairgrounds.
Also tonight, the state patrol released a photo of Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera taken minutes before he bolted from troopers and disappeared into a wooded area.
UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.
As the manhunt for Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera continues, the Ohio Highway Patrol investigation into how he escaped from troopers is just beginning, said Capt. Danny Springs, OSP Piqua District Headquarters.
The search -- which now includes local law enforcement and a state patrol helicopter -- also includes a continuing shelter-in-place order for residents living in a triangular area bordered by the Preble County Fairgrounds to the north, state Route 122 (South Franklin Street) to the west and Wayne Trace Road to the east.
Robles Olvera escaped from a state patrol cruiser and ran south and east into a heavily wooded area behind the L&L tow yard on Industrial Drive, Springs said. Troopers had found approximately 5 kilos -- 11 pounds -- of suspected heroin in the car the 25-year-old was driving on I-70 in Preble County.
"We don't know exactly how he was able to get out the cruiser," Springs said, noting the investigation will also have to determine whether the man was in handcuffs when he made his dash to the woods.
Springs estimated the suspected heroin would be worth about $500,000 on the street.
The state patrol does not know where Robles Olvera was headed or where he was coming from when he was stopped for a speeding violation, Springs said.
"It's very apparent he was moving a lot of material. I don't know exactly what his place or his role is."
UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.: Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera has been identified as the focus of the manhunt near the Preble County Fairgrounds and the state patrol is asking you to help find him.
The state patrol now is saying the 25-year-old Robles Olvera escaped custody after the car he was driving had been taken to L&L Auto and Towing, on Industrial Drive off U.S. 35.
Troopers stopped the car this afternoon on I-70 in Preble County on a speed violation, Lt. Robert Sellers said in a statement released via OSP headquarters in Columbus.
"Criminal indicators were present and a drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle," Sellers said in the statement.
"A probable cause search revealed an estimated 5 kilos of heroin hidden in compartments within the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle was moved to a towing service near Eaton for a second, in-depth search."
Robles Olvera escaped during the moving of the vehicle from the scene of the traffic stop to the tow yard.
He was not armed, according to the statement, but the general public is being asked not to approach him.
If you see Robles Olvera, you are asked to call the patrol at 937-832-4794 or #677.
UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: Residents in the Preble County Fairgrounds area and on Wayne Trace Road are urged to shelter in place as troopers search for a man who ran from a traffic stop on U.S. 35 near Eaton.
A subcompact car, believed to be the one the man ran from, has been towed to L&L Auto and Towing, on Industrial Drive off U.S. 35.
Also, the search has expanded south and east to Wayne Trace Road, in the area of state Route 122 (South Franklin Street).
UPDATE @ 5:36 p.m.
Troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol are searching for a man who ran from a traffic stop on U.S. 35 near Eaton, in Preble County, that involves a large amount of suspected heroin found in the vehicle.
A trooper tells us the search is focused on the Preble County Fairgrounds and an area south of that location near Rocky Run creek.
They are looking for a man wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering. He is described as being about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches tall.
We’re following reports of police activity in the area of the Preble County Fairgrounds, possibly related to reports of a man who escaped police custody.
State troopers, police, and sheriff deputies are searching in the area for a suspect who is involved in a drug investigation, according to scanner traffic from the scene.
Initial reports indicate an Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter has been requested from Columbus to help track the suspect.
We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available.