Maryland State Police arrested a man from Ohio with an outstanding arrest warrant after he fled a traffic stop and crashed into a police cruiser in Frederick County. The suspect, Jose Aguilera Cespedes, is facing charges of assault and traffic violations. The arrest warrant was issued after Cespedes’ father was found dead from stab wounds, and his son was charged with murder and assault. The pursuit ended when the suspect’s vehicle was forced to stop due to heavy traffic. No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing. Mercer County Outlook reported
On August 12, 2023, Maryland State Police apprehended a man from Ohio who had an active arrest warrant after he attempted to evade a traffic stop and collided with a Maryland State Police cruiser in Frederick County. The suspect, identified as Jose Aguilera Cespedes, 25 years old, is facing charges of first and second-degree assault, as well as traffic violations related to the pursuit. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues and consultations are made with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office. Cespedes has been taken to the Frederick County Detention Center, where he is awaiting a hearing with a district court commissioner.
Earlier in the day, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office notified the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack about a black Honda Accord on I-70. They informed the troopers that the driver had an outstanding arrest warrant for a homicide and felony assault in Ohio.
The pursuit of the suspect vehicle began when troopers from the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack located the Accord traveling eastbound on I-70 in Washington County. They activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. Cespedes, the driver, then collided with a marked patrol vehicle from Hagerstown on the driver’s side and continued to flee from the police.
The pursuit lasted for approximately three miles until the heavy traffic forced the suspect vehicle to come to a stop. Cespedes was arrested at the scene without any incidents, and there were no reported injuries to Cespedes or the police personnel involved.
The Maryland State Police Hagerstown and Frederick Barracks, along with assistance from deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, responded to the scene.
During the investigation, it was revealed that a home in Ohio had been the site of a murder and felonious assault earlier that morning. Edwin Aguilera, 64 years old, was found dead with multiple stab wounds, and a woman was injured and taken to a hospital in Toledo. An arrest warrant had been issued for Aguilera’s son, who was charged with murder and felonious assault.
The eastbound lanes of I-70 were briefly closed for the investigation but have since reopened.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing..