LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Two Diboll men and a Lufkin man have been arrested in connection to vehicle burglaries on Allendale Drive early Tuesday.
According to the arrest report, at approximately 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Lufkin Police Department officers responded to the 700 block of Allendale Drive in reference to a report of suspicious persons walking in the area and entering vehicles, and a suspicious vehicle seen driving through the area several times.
Responding officers located a vehicle matching the description and found the driver of the vehicle, William Shea Holeman, 17, of Diboll, to be in possession of a modified rifle (the barrel and stock had been shortened) and numerous items that had been stolen from vehicles in the area, the report states.
The officers, after learning from a witness that two other suspects were walking in the area, saw two male suspects running through a yard near the intersection of Vivion Street and Ashley Street.
The suspects disregarded the officers' commands to stop and ran to a nearby creek, the report states. The officers observed the suspects hiding in the creek and apprehended Vincent Cantu, 17, of Lufkin, who was found to be in possession of property stolen from vehicles in the area, but the other suspect, Miguel Angel Mendez, 19, of Diboll, again fled on-foot from the officers, according to the report.
Following a short chase, the officers say they found Mendez hiding in the back yard of a residence located in the 1400 block of Vivion Street, but he again disregarded the officers' commands to stop and attempted to run from them, but was captured by the Officers and taken into custody. Initially, Mendez provided a false name to the officers and once his true identity was established the officers learned that Diboll Police Department held an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, according to the report.
Mendez was transported to Memorial Medical Center of Lufkin where he received treatment for a laceration to his legs. When Mendez was being released from the Medical Center into the custody of an officer, he sprang from the wheelchair in which he was seated and attempted to flee from the officer but was quickly recaptured and then transported to Angelina County Jail.
Holeman was booked into the Angelina County Jail for the offenses of possession of a prohibited weapon and burglary of a vehicle.
Cantu is charged with burglary of a vehicle and the misdemeanor charge of evading arrest.
Mendez is charged with failure to identify and felony evading arrest and the outstanding Diboll Police Department arrest warrant.