LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement authorities booked in another three men Thursday as a result of a warrant sweep for fathers who are criminally delinquent in their child support payments.
The warrant sweep was a coordinated effort by the Texas Attorney General's Office, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Diboll Police Department, the Huntington Police Department, and the Pct. 1 Constable's Office.
"Parents have a moral and legal obligation to make regular child support payments," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a press release. "By collecting child support, we are ensuring young Texans have the resources they need to grow healthy and strong."
Arrested were Steven Miles Thompson, 42, of Lufkin, Ernest Lee Mitchell, 45, of Lufkin, and Abel Munoz, 22, of Diboll. All three men were arrested on various warrants for criminal non-support, which is a state-jail felony. The suspects are currently being held in the Angelina County Jail.
According to the press release, the sweep focused on fathers who were wanted on contempt of court because of their failure to pay child support. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches sent out five teams of law enforcement officers to locate and arrest the noncompliant parents before they left for work Thursday morning.
ACSO Lt. Pete Maskunas said the officers started the sweep around 4 a.m. and wrapped it up at about 8 a.m. Of the 21 warrants obtained, officers arrested six suspects earlier this week and another 10 Thursday morning.
A judge from the AG's office set bail for each man. Maskunas explained Thursday that each man's bail will be paid to the victim of the non-support.
In addition to the three new suspects mentioned in this story, the following is a list of the other suspects booked into the Angelina County Jail on criminal non-support charges:
* Feliciano Alvarado, 40, of Lufkin.
* Jacosky Jacorey Coutee, 37, of Lufkin.
* David Arlon Day, 39, of Huntington.
* Mario Alberto Gonzalez, 28, of Lufkin.
* Pablo Hernandez, 23, of Lufkin.
* Justin Wayne Murray, 30, of Lufkin.
* Mark Troy Smith, 46, of Lufkin.
* Steven Miles Thompson, 42, of Lufkin.