Man, Convicted of Murder, Evades Police Near Downtown Bryan

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BRYAN A man convicted of murder in 1994 led police on a small chase near Downtown Bryan.

37-year-old Richard Vasquez was stopped by Bryan Police for suspicious driving Wednesday night. According to the arrest report, when the officer approached his vehicle, Vasquez said he couldn't roll down his window or open his door because they didn't work. That's when, police say, he took off.

Officers followed Vasquez for a couple of blocks before he tried to ditch the car off Mockingbird Road. That's when officers say they found a handgun with the serial number scratched off on the driver's side of the car.

Vasquez told police that he had the gun for his personal protection and that he feared retaliation for his conviction. He was charged with evading arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with identification numbers