Police: Lufkin sex offender fights during arrest for failure to comply

Isaiah Douglas mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Isaiah Douglas mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man was booked into the Angelina County Jail Sunday night after police say he tried to flee from officers who were trying to arrest him on an outstanding sex offender warrant.

Isaiah Julius Douglas, 29, is charged with failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, evading arrest, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and possession of a prohibited weapon.

According to the police report, officers conducted a traffic stop with Douglas in the 400 block of North Timberland Drive at 9:45 p.m., when they saw he was driving with a defective brake lamp.

Once officers identified Douglas, they learned that Lufkin Police Department held an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the offense of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, a third-degree felony.

When the officers told Douglas that he was under arrest, he pushed one of the officers and attempted to flee on-foot from them but was captured a short distance away from the vehicle, according to the report. Douglas continued to resist arrest but the officers managed to get him to the ground and handcuffed, according to the report.

Officers say Douglas was found to be in possession of more than three ounces of marijuana in small plastic baggies, as well as in metal knuckles, a prohibited weapon.

According to police spokesman Det. J.B. Smith, police obtained a warrant for Douglas' arrest on Dec. 2 after an officer learned he had moved from his registered address without notifying police, a violation of his requirements.

It's not the first time.  Back in 2008, Douglas spent time in prison for two counts of failing to register.

"Some of them really don't want to be kept up with... they don't want law enforcement knowing where they live, so they're trying to fly under the radar and not be monitored. Those are the ones we need to worry about," said Lisa Page, Angelina County sex offender supervision officer.

Lufkin Police officers check sex offenders every 30 days so that when residents check the sex offender database they can be assured the information has been verified and check on a regular basis.

State law only requires offenders to update their registration once a year, but LPD believes the database's accuracy demands more than that.

"Otherwise we would have gone a full year before we knew he had moved," said Detective JB Smith, with LPD.

Page says keeping the database updated protects the public.

"You can go on website and see that the person lives two doors down offended against a child that's the same age as your child that might make you watch a little more closely," said Page.

The database helps with other cases.

"If they're ever investigating a crime - another sex offense - a lot of times that's where they'll start with the sex offender registry," said Page.

Douglas was convicted in 1997 for sexual assault of three male victims, aged 5, 6 and 7.

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