RED OAK — A suspect wanted in the shooting of his girlfriend last Wednesday is believed to have fled to Mexico, says Red Oak Police.
Police are asking residents for any information on the whereabouts of Andres Miguel Mendez. Those with details are encouraged to contact any local law enforcement agency.
“The suspect in the shooting that occurred on Nov. 15 at 4:22 p.m. has been identified as the boyfriend of the victim,” Red Oak Police Lt. Marc Schroeder said. “After a preliminary ground search of the immediate area, on the day of the offense, officers ultimately determined that the suspect had left the scene in a vehicle after canvassing the area for witnesses.”
Schroeder stated that a witness reported they saw a person matching the description fleeing the area on foot and enter a vehicle that later departed the area. However, the witness could not identify the make or model of the vehicle.
Red Oak Police Chief Garland Wolf previously said that the 25-year-old female victim was shot while sitting in her vehicle in the 100 block of Summit Street. When officers arrived on the scene, as a precaution, they applied a tourniquet to her leg. Tourniquets are standard equipment issued to Red Oak Police officers.
Officers then provided security for the fire department so that firefighters could move her to a safe location. Once in a secure area, the victim was transported by air ambulance to a Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex hospital.
The victim sustained a single gunshot wound to the upper left thigh. Schroeder stated that the victim in the domestic offense is recovering in an area hospital and has a sound recovery prognosis.
“It is believed through our investigation with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security, the Borders and Customs Division and Special agents assigned to I.C.E, that the suspect, Andres Miguel Mendez has fled the country to Mexico,” Schroeder said. “Electronic intelligence coupled with exhaustive interviews conducted with his family have brought us to the conclusion that he has crossed the border.”
Red Oak Police have sought the assistance of U.S. federal agencies and their Mexican Federal Police counterparts to assist them in their efforts to apprehend and prosecute the suspect in this offense.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Andres Miguel Mendez for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a family member, which is a first-degree felony. There is still no confirmed vehicle description at this time.
Anyone with specific information to the exact location of the suspect is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 972-617-7632.