Thomas Ponce, who was wanted for aggravated sexual assault in Lubbock, is now in custody.

The Lubbock Police Department had been actively searching for 27-year-old Thomas Ponce since Tuesday of last week.

On Tuesday June 13th, at around 10:45 a.m., officers responded to the Village at Overton apartments located at 2408 Mac Davis Lane.

A female had reported she was sexually assaulted by a man that would soon be identified as Thomas Ponce.

Lubbock police then partnered with the Lubbock County Sherriff’s Office in a joint investigation after Ponce was accused of sexually assaulting another woman later that same day.

Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens expressed concerns during a press conference that Ponce might be looking for another victim.

The reward for information leading to his capture was increased to $2,000 from the initial $1,000 reward.

On Saturday, June 17th, Lubbock Police received a tip that Ponce had been spotted around 1st Street and University.

Officers began to search the area and located Ponce. Ponce ran from officers and after a brief foot chase was taken into custody near the 2600 block of 1st Street.

His list of offenses include aggravated sexual assault, parole violation, and evading arrest. He’s currently being held in the Lubbock County Jail with a $500,000 bond.

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