Marco Ruelas

Marco Ruelas

Rosenberg police officers pursued a burglary suspect until his vehicle malfunctioned and caught fire, bringing new meaning to the term “hot pursuit.”

One suspect identified as Marco Ruelas was taken into custody at Hlavinka Equipment Co., 3709 U.S. 59, for burglary of a building, reported Rosenberg Assistant Police Chief Jarret Nethery.

“Another suspect fled the scene leading officers on a brief chase, which ended when his vehicle erupted in flames,” Nethery reported.

The suspect evaded on foot, leaving officers to handle the burning vehicle, Nethery added.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are seeking information on the second subject.

“We’re proud of our officers, they did everything right,” said Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White.

“They like catching the bad guys, but public safety is always first.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or submit online at

Information that leads to an arrest and filing of charges can earn the tipster a cash reward up to $5,000. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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