Trinity PD: Two men make drug deal, break into house instead

Barabba Baker (Source: Trinity Police Department)
Barabba Baker (Source: Trinity Police Department)
Joshua Carver (Source: Trinity Police Department)
Joshua Carver (Source: Trinity Police Department)

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Trinity Police officers arrested two men for burglary of a habitation Tuesday after they allegedly made a deal to buy marijuana from an unidentified man and wound up breaking into his house when they realized he wasn't there.

Then when the home owner followed them in his car, one of two suspects shot at him five times. No was injured, according to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones.

Joshua Carver, 32, and Barabbas "Brutus" Baker, 31, both of Trinity, were arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation, and the charge was bumped up to a first-degree felony because both men are convicted felons and were allegedly in possession of firearms during the burglary.

Jones said the two suspects stopped by the unidentified man's house in the 500 block of Main Street Friday and decided to break in via a kitchen window when they realized he wasn't home. After the two men were taken into custody, they told Jones that they did not know the home owner's pregnant sister was there.

The sister told Trinity Police officers that two men with guns entered her house.  Jones said she got scared and ran down the street to her parents' house. Then Carver and Baker got back in their 2010 Ford Fusion and left.

A short time later, the home owner spotted the two suspects driving down the street and started following them closely, Jones said. He said one of the two suspects got out of the car and fired five shots at the home owner.

Trinity Police officers Larry Barak and Travis Bryan found Carver outside the Ford Fusion, and they determined that he was intoxicated, Jones said. The Trinity PD chief said the man's gun, a .357, was in some nearby bushes.

After the Trinity Police Department obtained warrants for the two men, Baker was arrested without incident at 3:13 p.m. on Pin Oak Street, Jones said. During Baker's arrest, officers found ammunition that matched the caliber of one of the guns believed to be used in the home invasion. TPD officers arrested Carver on Duehrihe Street at 5 p.m.

Jones said after the two men were arrested, Trinity Police officers learned that the second gun that is believed to have been used in the home invasion, a snub-nose, .38-caliber revolver, had been sold to someone else. As it turns out, the gun had been stolen from another residence.

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