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Youngstown police: Suspect nabbed in pursuit had tourist visa

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Omar Avilez-Suarez Omar Avilez-Suarez
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A police pursuit that wound through several South Side streets Wednesday afternoon ended with a foot chase and the capture of a suspect.

Police identify the suspect as 33-year-old Omar Avilez-Suares. Officials say Avilez-Suares ran a red light on Rush at Lucius shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers say the suspect turned onto East Boston and was going so fast they were unable to keep up with him. Reports say Avilez-Suares was swerving around vehicles and pedestrians without ever slowing down.

Reports say the suspect eventually got caught in a traffic jam on Glenwood at Indianola, where he exited his truck and fled on foot.

The suspect only got about a block away before he was arrested on Griselda Avenue.

Officials say two witnesses told them they saw Avilez-Suares throw something before he was apprehended. The two witnesses told police the suspect threw a gun.

According to reports, all officers on scene checked the area for a handgun, but were unable to locate it. Another search with a K-9 was also unable to locate the gun.

Reports say Avilez Suares told them that he could not speak English. Officers were unable to immediately identify Avilez-Suares, because he told them that he did not have a driver's license or a social security number because he is not a U.S. citizen. The police report lists Avilez-Suares as a tourist.

It is not known why the suspect fled from police.

Avilez-Suares is being charged with disobeying a traffic signal, operating without a license, and failure to comply with order of a police officer.

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