San Augustine Co. fugitive arrested in Harris Co.

Roger Parker. (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice.)
Roger Parker. (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice.)
Crystal Nichols. (Source: San Augustine County Jail.)
Crystal Nichols. (Source: San Augustine County Jail.)

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have arrested a man who has allegedly been on the run since evading officers in San Augustine County for nearly a week.

According to Gary Cunningham, chief deputy for the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, officials with the US Marshals Service and the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office, arrested Roger Dale Parker Jr., 35, of Humble, and his girlfriend, Crystal Diane Nichols, 32, of Humble, after a three-mile pursuit in Harris County.

Nichols will be charged with hindering apprehension. Cunningham said unconfirmed reports indicate Nichols left her house in Broaddus and met Parker in Polk County before taking her back to down to Harris County.

Parker was apparently still driving the 1994 Toyota pickup reported stolen in San Augustine County, Cunningham said.

Cunningham said additional charges will be filed on Parker in Harris County.

Parker is wanted on a parole violation after he was arrested on grand jury indictments for theft of air-conditioning units from churches. However, he made bond on those charges before the state could file the parole violation.

According to Sheriff David Smith, deputies saw Parker go into a residence in Broaddus at 3:30 a.m. last Friday. Deputies went into the residence and Smith said they heard him in the attic. He then jumped out of the attic and ran into a wooded area near Broaddus Elementary.

Cunningham said Parker avoided dozens of law enforcement officers and track dogs in the Broaddus area from about 5 a.m. Friday until 10 p.m. that night. He eventually crossed thousands of acres of heavily wooded land and came out to State Highway 103, where he broke into a residence and stole a purse and dyed his hair, Cunningham said. Further down the road, Parker stole a pickup which they believe he used to escape to Harris County.

Cunningham said at the beginning of Friday's pursuit, Parker stole a four-wheeler and almost ran over a county commissioner assisting in the search.

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