Lufkin man arrested after trash can/mailbox vs. garden hoe fight

Royce Jones mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Royce Jones mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police arrested a man early Wednesday following a fight involving a trash can, mailbox and garden hoe.

According to the report, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Woodmont Drive around midnight in reference to an in-progress disturbance. The called said her husband was being assaulted in their front yard by a man she knew as Royce Jones, 17, of Lufkin.

The caller said that earlier that day she saw three men burglarizing her neighbor's house and called 911 to report the crime. Around an hour later, Jones showed up to her house and began cursing her husband for calling police about the burglary, according to the report.

Jones tried to knock the man down, using a large trash can on wheels, and threw a brick through his kitchen window, according to the report. He then pulled a neighbor's mailbox from the ground and ran toward the man, swinging the mailbox and hitting him in the hand, according to the report.

The man then picked up a garden hoe, holding it out to keep Jones away from him. Jones ran into the hoe and chipped a tooth, according to the report.

A medical unit came to the scene and checked the man's hand and Jones' tooth.

After taking witness statements, police arrested Jones on a charge of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal mischief.

According to the police report, the burglary on the same block was reported around 9:50 p.m. Officers cleared the residence and interviewed witnesses and victims. The witnesses said they saw three black men walking around the residence and acting suspicious. They left for a short time and then returned. One of the suspects would go to the front door and knock, while the others would go around the residence. This happened several times and then one of the suspects kicked open the door.

The witnesses called 911, but the suspects fled before the first officer arrived.

Reported stolen was a radio, tool box, a baseball bat and a hockey stick.

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