The case of Alejandro Monge-Reyes in Montgomery County, Texas
Splendora is a small town in Montgomery County, Texas, about 35 miles northeast of Houston. On the evening of January 29, the City of Splendora Police Department posted to its Facebook page an amazing incident report: A woman had tried to prevent her husband’s deportation by attempting to ram a patrol vehicle — four times.
A little after midnight on January 29, Officer R. Davis conducted a traffic stop on a 2001 Ford F-150 for a speeding violation. The driver initially identified himself as “Ramero Rojos”, date of birth December 28, 1986. The driver didn't have any ID on him, so Officer Davis used an Automated Fingerprint Identification System to confirm his identity.
The fingerprint identification system matched the data with a different individual, namely Alejandro Monge-Reyes, date of birth December 28, 1988. The driver, not particularly enjoying the conversation, put his foot on the gas and took off.
As Officer Davis pursued Monge-Reyes, another driver approached Davis's vehicle head on, nearly striking him. That other driver was later discovered to be Monge-Reyes's wife. As the pursuit continued, the female driver, later identified as Claudia Rojas, date of birth December 5, 1995, attempted to strike Officer Davis three more times.
The Ford F-150 driven by Alejandro Monge-Reyes got stuck a short while later; the driver attempted to flee but was apprehended. When Officer Davis caught up with Claudia Rojas, she struck Officer Davis’s patrol vehicle but caused no damage.
The Splendora Police Department adds that Monge-Reyes has been previously been deported, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed a detainer on him. That is to ensure the suspect will be turned over to ICE for deportation whenever he is released from the Montgomery County Jail.
Alejandro Monge-Reyes was charged with Felony Evading with a Motor Vehicle Charge. His wife, Claudia Rojas was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon against a Police Officer. Both were booked into the Montgomery County Jail.
More information on the couple
A report posted to Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County adds information about the couple, based on a statement from Splendora Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. James “Troy” Teller.
Monge-Reyes is a native of El Salvador. His wife admitted to police that she interfered with the pursuit in order to help him avoid deportation.
The husband and wife work at the same Denny’s Restaurant in Montgomery County. She is said to be a manager there and he works as a cook.
Bluebonnet News adds that bond on Rojas has been set at $55,000, while bond on Monge-Reyes is $60,000. Should bond be paid, the ICE hold would presumably be honored and he would be transferred to ICE for deportation.