Lufkin man gets three years for assaulting officer

Alex Yanez mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Alex Yanez mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man pleaded guilty this week to assaulting a Lufkin Police officer and has accepted a three-year prison sentence.

Alex Yanez, 20, has pending charges related to a major theft ring across 11 counties, which DPS investigated.

According to a previous report, a caller reported in June that a man, later identified as Yanez,  to be walking near the intersection of Ford Chapel Road and Cunningham Street with a bicycle wheel. The caller said he thought the wheel belonged to a bicycle he owned which was stolen.

Smith said Officer Brad Lawrence arrived on the scene and during questioning, he discovered Yanez had outstanding traffic warrants. Lawrence informed Yanez he would arrest him, and while he attempted to handcuff him, Yanez attacked Lawrence.

Lawrence managed to subdue Yanez and call for help, Smith said. Once other officers arrived, they were able to arrest Yanez.

Lawrence suffered injuries to his right hand, elbow, both knees and his eyes. He had his hand x-rayed at a Lufkin hospital and was released.

Yanez is charged along with five others on the theft ring case.

In a previous report, DPS spokesman Greg Sanches said $250,000 worth of equipment, including laptops, trucks, trailers, tractors, tools, guns and lawn-care equipment were reported stolen from Houston, Henderson, Shelby, Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine, Rusk, Burleson, Tyler, Gonzales and Grimes Counties.

The equipment was reported stolen from businesses and residents. Victims would enter serial and identification numbers into a database to assist in recovering the items.

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