A Galveston man who was sought for escaping Texas City police in a stolen police vehicle Monday was arrested Friday. He is facing multiple charges over a separate reported robbery, car-jacking and police chase in Texas City early Friday morning.
At about 4:40 a.m. Friday morning, police responded to a reported robbery at a mobile home park in the 600 block of North Pine Road in Texas City. When they arrived, a woman told officers that a man had pointed a gun at her and forced her out of her car.
Police alerted other area agencies to the theft.
At about 5:15 a.m., Galveston Sheriff's Office deputies spotted the car at the intersection of state Highway 3 and FM 517. The car fled south on state Highway 3 to Texas city, where the Texas City Police Department joined the chase.
The driver of the car drove into a neighborhood, according to the sheriff's office. He got out of the car and fled on foot, while leaving the car in drive. The car kept moving forward and struck two parked vehicles, the sheriff's office said.
The man was captured in a pasture in the Goddard Park subdivision.
Quang Van Mai, 35, of Galveston, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading in a vehicle. He was held on $120,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office.
Mai was also wanted in Texas City over an incident Monday at the Texas City Dike. On that day, Mai was detained in the back of a police SUV after being accused of driving a stolen car, police said. While police were interviewing a witness, he escaped his handcuffs, got into the front seat and drove the SUV away, police said.
After a short chase, Mai crashed the SUV and escaped on foot. Police abandoned the search for him a short time after the chase, but publicly identified Mai as a suspect.
Mai was in custody at the Galveston County jail on Friday afternoon. Charges over the Monday incident were still pending.