NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a fourth person in connection to attempted home-invasion robberies that occurred in the county on Jan. 1.
Two of the people that have been arrested are also believed to have been involved in crimes in both Polk and Walker counties.
Britteny Nicole Marlow, 24, of Livingston, was arrested in connection to the alleged home invasions on Tuesday. She is still being held in the Polk County Jail on felony charges of aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.
No bond amounts have been set for Marlowe’s charges yet.
According to a post on the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, PCSO dispatch received a 911 call on Jan. 1 in reference to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred on FM 350. The complainant said that around midnight, he heard someone knocking on his door.
When the complainant answered the door, a young man told him that his vehicle had broken down, and he needed to use the phone,” the Facebook post stated.
“According to the complainant, the young man looked kind of sketchy, and due to it being almost midnight, he advised him he could not use the phone and shut the door,” the Facebook post stated. “A short time later, he heard someone kick in the front door, and the white male came and pointed a pistol at him, demanding money.”
At that point, the homeowner yelled as if there was someone else living with him. As a result, the suspect “apparently got scared and ran out the door,” the Facebook post stated.
A short time later, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received another 911 call about someone kicking in the front door of another residence on U.S. Highway 59 just north of Livingston. When the suspect or suspects realized the owner was home, they left, the Facebook post stated.
The other suspects in the attempted home-invasion robberies in Polk County are still being held in the Polk County Jail.
Hunter Gordon Branam, 23, of Livingston, was charged three aggravated robbery charges, engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest with a vehicle, tampering with or fabricating evidence, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and theft of a firearm. Two of Hunter Branam’s aggravated robbery charges are out of Walker County.
Collectively, Hunter Branam’s bond amount has been set at $815,000.
The charges for Hayden Niel Sanford, 18, of Livingston include three counts of aggravated robbery, and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity. His collective bond amount has been set at $200,000.
According to a press release, Livingston police officers responded to a 911 call about a robbery that had just occurred in the Pine Hill Apartments parking lot at about 1:33 a.m. on Jan. 3. The LPD officers found the victim, who had suffered injuries as a result of the robbery, at the scene.
The victim told police that the two suspects were in a red Dodge four-door truck, the press release stated. The victim allegedly told police he had been standing at the passenger’s side of the pickup when the passenger pointed a pistol at him and demanded money and “everything on his person.”
At that point, the victim ran away on foot and was injured after he fell into a glass window, the press release stated. An ambulance took the victim to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, and he was later released.
During the subsequent investigation, the Livingston Police Department identified the driver of the red Dodge pickup as Stanford.
Later, the department was contacted by the Huntsville Police Department and informed that HPD detectives were in the process of investigating a home-invasion robbery involving several suspects in a red Dodge pickup. Those suspects were identified as Stanford and Hunter Branam, the press release stated.
The two law enforcement agencies started working together. Later, they learned that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was also investigating the same two suspects because they were believed to have been involved in two other home-invasion robberies out in the county.
The Livingston and Huntsville police departments were able to obtain aggravated robbery arrest warrants for Stanford and Hunter Branam.
After Stanford was taken into custody, the Livingston Police Department learned that some of the stolen property was in a motel room in Livingston that had been rented by Hunter Branam, the press release stated. The motel room was secure, and LPD detectives obtained a search warrant from District Judge Kaycee Jones.
While the motel room was being watched, Hunter Branam allegedly came back to the motel in a dark-colored vehicle. He picked up a backpack that had been hidden on the property, the press release stated.
After the vehicle left the motel “in a hurry,” a Livingston police officer tried to make a traffic stop on it. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and led officers on a high-speed chase. During the chase, objects were thrown from the moving vehicle, the press release stated.
Eventually, the Livingston Police Department was able to stop the vehicle. Hunter Branam and the driver, who was identified as Christa Branam, were arrested at the scene, the press release stated.
The objects thrown from the vehicle turned out to be stolen guns, the press release stated.
After a search warrant was served at the motel room that had been rented by Hunter Branam, the Livingston Police Department recovered more stolen property, along with illegal narcotics, the press release stated.
According to the press release, Hunter Branam had just recently been released from prison and is currently on parole until November of this year.
Christa Branam is also still being held in the Polk County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, tampering with or fabricating evidence, theft of a firearm, and evading arrest with a vehicle. Collectively, her bond amount was set at $90,000.