LPD Scanning the South Plains in Search of Thomas Ponce

LUBBOCK, TX - Lubbock Police partnered with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office in a joint investigation to find 27 year old Thomas Lee Ponce, the man accused of multiple sexual assaults.

"This individual is at large and we are very concerned that he is perhaps looking for another victim," LPD Chief Greg Stevens said. 

LPD issued a warrant for Ponce's arrest in connection to two different sexual assaults on Tuesday. 

"We believe that out in the county he abducted a young female," Stevens said. "He actually kicked in the door of a young female, sexually assaulted her and then took her to another location against her will. She was able to escape, a call was made to 911."

Officials say Ponce fled the scene and targeted another woman in Central Lubbock as she was on her way home. 

"10:15 p.m. that evening at 2408 Mac David Lane in the Village at Overton Apartments this same individual, Thomas Lee Ponce abducted a female in that apartment complex, another young female, forced her into her apartment where he held her against her will for just over 12 hours and sexually assaulted her," Stevens said. 

LPD expressed high concern for the public's safety as Ponce has still not been found. 

"A significant number of officers out, particularly those who are trained to find people," Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said. "He has made it clear he doesn't want to be found. So again, I think we have all the best individuals out there that are doing everything they can."

"He has a violent history to include other instances of kidnapping, assaults against family members, non-family members, children," Stevens said. "There's almost no one he apparently will not assault, that he will not will not victimize."

He added Ponce is also known to frequent the homeless communities and use their resources. 

Officers and deputies are exhausting all of their resources in search of this man. 

Officials urge anyone with information of the whereabouts of Ponce please call Lubbock Police or Crime Line at 741-1000. The Crime Line reward has been increased to $2000.


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