SAPD: Man who led officers on high-speed chase kidnapped relative at gunpoint

Thomas Suggs, 36, faces multiple charges

SAN ANTONIO – The man accused of leading San Antonio police officers on a pursuit Thursday afternoon had previously kidnapped a relative at gunpoint, police said Friday.

Officers with the Repeat Offender Program Unit spotted Thomas Suggs, 36, who was wanted on an aggravated kidnapping charge, around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Friday Suggs kidnapped the relative on Tuesday at gunpoint before releasing him.

Officers called for assistance from the Street Crime Unit, who then attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Petaluma and Pleasanton on Suggs.

He refused to pull over, and police supervisors authorized a pursuit because he was wanted for a violent criminal offense, police said.

San Antonio police said Suggs led officers on a pursuit with speeds of more than 60 mph and fired at officers more than six times.

Officers with the Street Crimes Unit performed a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to end the chase.

The chase ended in the 100 block of East Formosa.

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