In the late hours of October 11, 2023, two teenage girls and an adult man were arrested by Irving Police after attempting to evade arrest. The incident occurred in Irving and involved 17-year-old Seleni Lopez Lara, 17-year-old Katherine Palacea-Valencia, and 25-year-old Jacob Marmolejo.
Lopez Lara, the first suspect, was quickly apprehended by the Irving Police officers after attempting to flee. She was booked into the Irving Jail at 12:04 am on October 12. Lopez-Lara faces charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, a felony third-degree offense, and evading arrest on foot, a misdemeanor offense. Typically, a third-degree felony for evading arrest involves injuries sustained during the attempt to escape; however, specific details about the injuries were not provided by the Irving Police.
Furthermore, during the incident, marijuana and tobacco were found in the vehicle driven by Lopez Lara, leading to additional charges for possession of marijuana (<2 oz) and possession of tobacco products by a minor. It is important to note that the legal age to purchase or possess tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaporizing devices, in Texas is 21, as per the law implemented on September 1, 2019. The penalties for a third-degree felony in Texas include a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Palacea-Valencia, the second teenager involved, was booked at 12:28 am on October 12. She faces charges of evading arrest on foot, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana (<2 oz). A Class A misdemeanor in Texas carries a potential punishment of up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.
In a separate arrest, 25-year-old Jacob Marmolejo was taken into custody at 12:22 am on October 12. He was charged with second-degree felony robbery, evading arrest on foot, and had an open warrant issued by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office for theft. Irving Police did not provide further details.