Conroe, September 28 – On September 28, 2018 at about 1:20 am, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputy observed a Ford F250, with a trailer containing miscellaneous lawn equipment, stopped on the southbound feeder of the 20300 Block of US Highway 59 between FM 1485 and Grand Parkway. The truck was unattended but the windows and fuel door were open. Due to numerous recent stolen vehicles and construction site burglaries in the area, the deputy stopped to ensure there were no suspicious circumstances. As the deputy was investigating, a Chevrolet Tahoe pulled in behind the deputy’s vehicle. The driver exited the Tahoe and as he approached the deputy, he stated that the F-250 belonged to his friend. The male made numerous contradictory statements, was being evasive in providing information about his friend, and appeared to be attempting to distract the deputy. Due to the male’s behavior, the deputy detained the male.
During the investigation, the deputy was advised that the Ford F-250 was stolen out of Houston Police Department jurisdiction.
While on scene Deputies also learned that the Tahoe was reported stolen out of Fort Bend County. While inventorying the Tahoe, deputies found a fully loaded AK-47 rifle and a backpack containing approximately 35 grams of methamphetamine.
The male suspect, identified as Marco Antonio Ortiz, Jr. 9/26/1978, is a confirmed gang member and has extensive criminal history, including multiple Assault on a Public Servant charges, Possession charges, and Taking a Weapon from an Officer and is currently on bond from Harris County.
Mr. Ortiz was taken into custody and charged with Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, as well as Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. At this time, the driver of the Ford F-250 has not been identified or located.
Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office added, “This incident is a great example of pro-active style policing. Due to the deputy’s initiative, a dangerous criminal has been taken off the streets.”