LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A group of "several black males" allegedly attacked two brothers and their friend as they were walking in the 300 block of Hunter's Creek on May 1 after they approached the three men and offered to sell them marijuana.
During the melee, the suspects allegedly took one man's cell phone, money clip $20 in cash, ID card, bank card, car keys, and shoes.
After the Lufkin Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for one of the suspects, LPD officers spotted Trevante Deshaun Hunt, 19, of Lufkin, in the vicinity of Wood Street Thursday, according to Sgt. Rodney Squyres. When the officers tried to make contact with Hunt, he fled on foot, ran across Lufkin Avenue, and down Ford Chapel Road. LPD officers caught him in a wooded area near the VFW.
Hunt is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony robbery charge and a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest or detention charge. He has also been charged with three additional, unrelated charges - a third-degree felony deadly conduct - discharge firearm charge, a Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge, and no driver's license.
No bail has been set for Hunt's two felony charges. Collectively, his bond has been set at $2,000 for the other three charges.
According to the arrest warrant, two brothers and their friend, all of whom had recently moved to Lufkin from Houston, were walking back to a relative's house in the 300 block of Hunter's Creek on May 1 when they walked by the Lazy Oak Apartment complex and were approached by several black men who allegedly tried to sell them marijuana.
The suspects reportedly started asking the three men how much money they had, and the three victims said, "None."
"The three men stated that this apparently upset the black males and they began assaulting them," the affidavit stated.
One of the brothers told police he spotted the suspects go after his "smaller" friend and knock him to the ground. When the brother went to his friend's aid, the black males went after him and began hitting him the head with a stick. After fighting off several of the attackers, he ran to his relative's house. The suspects chased the second brother toward the house, and one of them threw a five-gallon paint bucket through the relative's garage window.
The second brother said the suspects worked together after they knocked the brothers' friend to the ground and began taking things from his pocket, according to the affidavit. They took the items mentioned earlier in this story.
One of the brothers and the friend were taken to a Lufkin hospital, where they were treated for their injuries. The brother had several head wounds that needed to be stitched up, and the friend suffered various scratches and bruises, according to the arrest affidavit.
The LPD officer who took the initial report showed one of the brothers pictures of known men who have a reputation for hanging around the complex. The man picked out the man the officer knew as Trevante Hunt.
A day later, the three men were at a local convenience store when they spotted the "main actor" in the robbery, according to the affidavit. They asked a person that was known to them and also happened to be in the store if they knew the man, and the person told them he was Trevante Hunt.
The three victims also picked Hunt out of a six-person line-up arranged by the investigating LPD detective.