NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police officers arrested two men and a woman who were allegedly involved in two home break-ins out in the county and early Monday morning. In addition, one of the three suspects reportedly shot a pistol at a witness.
Arrested were Jarrod Henson, 17, Loretha Thompson, 20, and Roderick Pollock, 18, all of Nacogdoches. All three suspects were charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. All three charges are second-degree felonies. Henson was also charged with hindering proceedings by disorderly conduct for disrupting court proceedings during his arraignment, along with failure to identify as fugitive or giving a false ID, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
Collectively, Henson's bail has been set at $32,500. The collective bond for Thompson and Pollock was set at $25,000.
According to a press release from Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges, his deputies responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress at a home on FM 225 at approximately 7:11 p.m. Sunday. Before the NCSO deputies arrived on the scene, the suspects had left "in an unknown direction in a black car."
While the deputies were investigating the first burglary, they received another burglary in progress call in regard to a residence on County Road 717; they also received a report of "shots fired." After the deputies were told the three suspects had left in a black car and headed for Nacogdoches, the NCSO put out a call for other area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the black car.
Nacogdoches Police officers later found the car parked at an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Phoenix Terrace. NCSO investigators arrived on the scene a short time later and they were able to ID the three suspects. They recovered stolen property from the two residences on Fm 225 and CR 717.
In addition, the NCSO investigators recovered stolen property from a home inside the Nacogdoches city limits. That investigation has been turned over to the NPD.
Further investigation into what Bridges described as a "crime spree," revealed that the suspects sped off in the black car after a neighbor spotted them at the home on FM 225. The house's front door had been kicked in and property had been placed by the front and back doors, according to the arrest affidavit. The only item reported missing from the home was an older .38-caliber revolver.
"As I was completing my investigation, I was dispatched to CR 717 in regard to shots fired," Sgt. Earl Garner of the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office said in the arrest affidavit. "The complainant reported three black males fired a revolver at him."
Garner said the witness on CR 717 spotted a suspicious vehicle that matched the description of the car seen on FM 225 at his neighbor's house. One of the suspects allegedly fired a pistol that was described as a black revolver at the ground in front of the witness before pointing it at him. The home's owner later reported an iPhone missing from his residence. Witnesses told law enforcement officials that the driver of the black car was wearing a red or orange cap and the passenger had an Afro-style haircut.
Bridges said the NCSO is investigating whether or not the three suspects are connected to more burglaries that occurred in Nacogdoches County Sunday night. He added that more charges may be filed after that investigation is completed.