Man Wanted By Levelland Police Arrested In California Friday

Levelland Police announced Friday night that the suspect wanted in a Levelland Assault case was arrested in California Friday.

According to information released by the police Friday night, the arrest was made possible due to the help of multiple law enforcement agencies.

Police said that last Saturday, May 23rd at approximately 11:30 am they were dispatched to the Covenant Hospital Levelland Emergency Room in reference to a victim who had been assaulted and sustained severe injuries. The responding officer observed the victim to be bleeding heavily from the mouth with numerous missing teeth, a cut lip, head injury, bruising on from the arms and hands and a fractured jaw. The victim was able to identify the suspect as Jimmy Matamore Jr. The victim provided a written statement to police detailing the assault, stating that Matamore assaulted the victim with his fists and feet, kicking the victim and punching the victim all over his/her body.

According to reports, the victim was given a blood transfusion and then airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The victim is listed in critical condition with acute blood loss. The victim had two jaw fractures and a spinal fracture.

On Wednesday, the US Marshals in Lubbock and Levelland coordinated a combined effort to locate and apprehend Matamore. Over the course of Wednesday and Thursday, various partnering agencies including the US Marshals, North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Levelland Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, 286th District Attorney’s office and the Texas DPS Criminal Investigation Division developed information that Matamore was hiding in California. The information was immediately relayed to US Marshals in California who engaged the Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force including the US Marshals, California Office of Correctional Safety and the Bakersfield, California Police Department. The task force worked day and night and was able to apprehend Jimmy Matamore with incident in Bakersfield, California on Friday. No weapons or narcotics were located at the time of the arrest.

Levelland Police said in a statement, “It is due to the cooperation among multiple agencies in law enforcement that make fugitive apprehensions like this a success.” They thanked all the agencies for their assistance.

Matamore faces a charge of Aggravated Assault and other charges are possible.

About Drew Dunn

News Director for KLVT AM 1230 in Levelland. We provide local and regional news updates 5 times a day on KLVT AM 1230 and online at
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