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April 27th, 2012
Three arrested after 5-hour manhunt near Lehman High

A Hays County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a collision today near Goforth Road and Bunton Lane following a vehicle pursuit; all three suspects from the vehicle fled the scene on foot; two were apprehended after a short foot pursuit. The third suspect, Johnny Mack Brown, 22, evaded police for several hours. He was arrested by Kyle Police Department several hours later. Lehman High School was put on lockdown as a precaution. PHOTO by KIM HILSENBECK


Three arrests were made Thursday after a vehicle pursuit by Hays County Sheriff’s deputies ended in a collision with a Hays County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. The deputy was not injured in the crash.


Shortly after 9 a.m., Hays County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a vehicle possibly occupied by a wanted subject from Austin. While deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle started to evade the deputies, leading to a vehicle pursuit which ended with the collision.

All three suspects fled the scene on foot; two were apprehended soon after. The third, Johnny Mack Brown, 22, of Buda, continued to evade law enforcement for several hours.

A search of the area near Lehman High School around Goforth Road and Bunton Lane involving all-terrain vehicles and the Austin / Travis County STAR Flight helicopter ensued.


Law enforcement from Hays County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Kyle Police Department and San Marcos Police Department assisted in the chase, along with the Kyle Fire Department. The Hays County Constable’s Office also provided support during the incident.

Mack was arrested shortly before 2:30 p.m. by Kyle Police Department on Goforth Road.


During the search, Lehman High School was put on temporary lockdown since the vehicle pursuit went past the campus and the search area was not far from the school. The lockdown was lifted when law enforcement suspended the manhunt, but later reissued prior to Brown’s capture. It was lifted completely following the arrest.

The other two suspects arrested in connection with the vehicle and foot chase are Kristopher Nicole Mayfield and Mario Antonio Pinon, Jr., both 24 and from Austin.

The three suspects remained in the Hays County Jail on Friday, charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle, both felonies. In addition, Brown, who was held on $225,000 in bonds, was also charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle on an Austin Police Department warrant.

Mayfield, held on $235,000 in bonds, also faces Travis County warrants for unauthorized absence from a correctional facility and a motion to revoke probation for possession of a controlled substance. Pinon of Austin’s bonds totaled $200,000.

KIM HILSENBECK reports for The Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.

An officer stands watch during a manhunt Thursday morning in Kyle. PHOTO by KIM HILSENBECK

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