Nacogdoches Police spot, arrest murder suspect

David Cantu (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
David Cantu (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police say an alert officer and good teamwork is to be credited in the apprehension of an Alice murder suspect Thursday night.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Greg Sowell, a regional broadcast from the US Marshal's Office alerted dispatch of a suspect wanted for murder on a charge from Alice, which is located in South Texas.

About 48 minutes after the initial broadcast, an officer spotted the suspect vehicle southbound on the west loop. The officer confirmed the vehicle was the one given in the broadcast  and police conducted a felony traffic stop at the intersection of South Street and Loop 224 and arrested the suspect, David Cantu Jr., 24, on the murder charge.

According to KRIS TV, Cantu was wanted in connection to a deadly drive-by shooting in July.

Sowell said the work was the result of good teamwork.

"The communications personnel did great by broadcasting the information in a timely manner and coordinating the units for the controlled stop," he said. "The officer is to be commended for his alertness in spotting the vehicle."

Sowell explained the vehicle had been repainted a different color and was not the color described in the broadcast. He said the department had no reason to believe Cantu was in the area and they were alerted in a regional broadcast which covered the eastern half of Texas.

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