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Tango Blast gang member in Houston gets life term after violent chase

September 1, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Tango Blast gang member in Houston gets life term after violent chase

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A Tango Blast gang member is returning behind bars for the rest of his life after opening fire at Montgomery County officers during an intense high-speed chase that occurred back in 2015.

On Friday, Judge Patty Maginnis sentenced Ebeneser Benny Morones to life in the slammer after a jury convicted him of the aggravated assault of a public servant, possession with intent to deliver, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

The life sentences were imposed on the suspect for crimes that took place back in August 2015, according to information obtained from the District Attorney’s office.

A traffic stop spurred into a violent high-speed highway pursuit after Robert Rodriguez, a Woodbranch police officer, pulled over the vehicle for speeding, which Morones was a passenger in. according to the Houston Chronicle.

As the car sped between 80-100 mph, Morones opened fire at the cop while he was hanging out of the passenger window seat.

The police car became disabled when bullets were lodged in the hood and windshield of the patrol vehicle. Jeff Buchanan, Montgomery County Constable Precinct 4 Deputy, continued the chase which lasted for approximately 17 miles.

As Morones fired multiple bullets at Buchanan, one of the shots hit another moving car, piercing through the windshield as the chase advanced.

Three additional suspects were in the vehicle and fled on foot after the car crashed into a ditch.

Morones had jumped out of the vehicle before it came to a stop, and he was not arrested until hours later.

When authorities apprehended Morones, they discovered the M1 30 carbine rifle that was utilized to open fire at the police officers involved in the pursuit. Law enforcement officials also found five additional firearms and approximately 19 grams of meth, along with digital scales and small baggies for dealing.

Assistant District Attorney, Rochelle Guiton, brought forth evidence during the trial that Morones had been previously convicted of assault/family violence and enhanced and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, presenting him as a repeat offender and is facing between 25-99, or life, behind bars for each count.

He was also previously convicted of a series of misdemeanor offenses for similar crimes such as resisting arrest and assault/family violence.

Additionally, Morones is purportedly a member of the Houston Tango Blast gang, which has a negative rep for being a dangerous prison gang.

This case was a multi-agency attempt by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and SWAT, Houston PD, and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to capture a violent man and get him off the streets

Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety also aided in investigating the case and arresting the criminal. The driver, Javier Alquicira, accepted a 25-year prison plea before the onset of the trial.

Rochelle Guiton stated that she immediately realized that Morones was a dangerous man when she took on the case back in March and strived to impose the maximum sentence.

“Our Montgomery County citizens as jurors and our judges are thankfully able to recognize when we have those more serious offenses,” she said.

The statement continued: “… I’m especially proud of the verdict we got on this case. We had officers that were willing to go after someone who was clearly intending to hurt them. I am proud of our police officers for being able to catch this person and get him off the street.”

District Attorney Brett Ligon stated that it is a “scary time for law enforcement agencies and officers.”

“And in this case, the lives of officers and innocent bystanders were at risk because this habitual felon decided to shoot at police to try and get away,” he added.

“It is a miracle that no one was killed. This type of violence against police and innocent civilians will not be tolerated in Montgomery County.”

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