Purchase photos

Traffic stop on interstate results in manhunt


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

A Monday morning traffic stop on Interstate 70 led to a manhunt in western Ellis County.

As a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper made a routine traffic stop approximately 3 miles west of the Yocemento exit at 9:51 a.m. Monday, the driver, Angel Beltran, 35, Phoenix, ran south through a field toward Big Creek, said Tod Hileman, Kansas Highway Patrol trooper and public information officer.

Crystal Norzagaray, 22, Tucson, Ariz., a passenger in the vehicle, remained at the vehicle.

Beltran ran into a wooded area, and the trooper called for back-up.

Approximately 15 officers from the KHP and Ellis County Sheriff's office -- including the Ellis County canine unit, two KHP canines and the KHP plane -- helped with the search.

Hileman said officers stopped at houses in the area to "warn people to lock their doors and vehicles."

He thanked the public for their help in identifying buildings in the area that might be unlocked and present potential hiding places.

The officers formed a perimeter around the area where Beltran was believed to be hiding. When the canines arrived, they picked up the scent, and Beltran was arrested just before 1 p.m.

Charges are pending against Beltran and Norzagaray.