Manhunt

Ronald Riva (Constable Kelly Smith Facebook photo)

An Aryan Circle member from Midland is now in custody after a manhunt Friday, according to the Hawkins Police Department. 

Ronald Riva, 44, who was considered armed and dangerous, fled from the police department Friday afternoon. 

Wood County Precinct 2 Constable Kelly Smith said Riva is a confirmed member of the Aryan Circle, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist prison gang.

Riva was being tracked by K9s, which took law enforcement to the Farm-to-Market Road 14, according to Smith's Facebook post.

"He is not from this area, does not have a cell phone and has limited options," according to Smith's Facebook post.

During the search, Smith said they were leaning on the community in finding Riva.

A helicopter was deployed for the search.

Hawkins Police Department thanked the other law enforcement agencies for their teamwork, according to a Facebook post.

Hawkins ISD was on lockdown, but students were released at their regular time, according to the district. 

Cory McCoy contributed to this report.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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