Sunday, September 5, 2010

Manhunt over, suspect accused in injuring state trooper arrested

BRUNSWICK – After nine days on the run, the man accused of injuring a state trooper has been caught. Abel Jiminez, 30, of Easton, was arrested by State Police in Brunswick Sunday morning after a search of a barn the Wagner Farm on Dater Hill Road.

State Police had been searching for Jiminez in Washington and Rensselaer Counties since Aug. 20, when Jiminez allegedly fleeing a traffic stop. As he tried to get away, he dragged a trooper with his pickup truck for approximately a quarter of a mile.

The trooper, Joseph P. Smith, of State Police at Greenwich, suffered numerous injuries and was hospitalized at Albany Medical Center Hospital for several days.

Smith had stopped Jimenez in response to a domestic incident reported to State Police by Jiminez's girlfriend.

State Police reported following a tip Saturday that Jimenez, an illegal Mexican immigrant who had been a farm laborer in the area for the last five years, had left the Washington County area and moved south.

Jimenez was arraigned on first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault of an officer and endangering the welfare of a child charges in Easton Town Court on Sunday afternoon.