Yuma woman in custody after stealing car to escape from U.S. Marshals

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

UPDATE -- June 24:

YUMA, Ariz. -- A suspect who took off in a U.S. Marshals vehicle Wednesday was taken into custody in Yuma on Thursday.

With the assistance of the Yuma Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Wanted Task Force took Simona Herrera into custody in the residential area of Yowell Court and Avenue B.

Herrera will be booked into the Yuma County Jail for aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, escape/felony fleeing and theft of means of transportation.

The original warrant for Herrera's arrest was for violating the conditions of her release for narcotics violations.

The case is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

YUMA, Ariz. - The Yuma County Sheriff's Office is looking for an escaped suspect who took off in a U.S. Marshals vehicle.

Simona Herrera, aka Maria Herrera, is believed to be connected with escape, felony flight, vehicle theft and aggravated assault on a federal agent.

Herrera is described as a Hispanic female, 26, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and approximately 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

She has a large butterfly tattoo on the right side of her neck.

U.S. Marshals had detained Herrera for an arrest warrant and while she was in the back seat of the agents' car, she somehow managed to get control of the vehicle and take off.

A federal agent was injured during her escape and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

After crashing the car Herrera fled on foot.

A search by the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Yuma Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol and FBI agents ended without the suspect in custody.

Anyone with any information is asked to call authorities.