TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Following an attempted home invasion and robbery of an 81-year-old woman in Trinity Monday night, one of the suspects allegedly said, "Hitler ran nations through fear." In addition, the female suspect told authorities that she only got involved because her "life was boring."
Although no weapon was used, the suspects told police they had intended to use fear and intimidation to cow their victim into complying with their demands. Trinity County law enforcement officers quickly tracked down the three suspects after they were scared off and fled the scene.
Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said that Timothy "TJ" Case, 19, and Nicole Crain, 27, were arrested and charged with burglary with the intent to commit another felony (robbery). A 16-year-old male juvenile was also arrested and charged with burglary with the intent to commit another felony.
According to Jones, Trinity Police officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of 3rd Street after the 911 dispatcher received a call about a young woman, later identified as Crain, knocking on the victim's door and asking to use the bathroom.
When the victim told the young woman "no," she told police that she later saw Crain walking with two males, who later to found to be Case and the juvenile.
Jones said one of his officers was en route to check out the suspicious activity when the 911 dispatcher got a second call from the victim at approximately 9:36 p.m., who screamed that the two males had just kicked in her back door. Once the suspects got inside the home the screams of the victim and another person they didn't realize was in the house at the time scared them off.
Officer Travis Bryan, Jones, Pct. 3 Commissioner Neal Smith, Trinity County deputy Justin Sikes, TCSO deputy Jeremy Alexander, and unnamed citizens from the community joined forces to track down the three suspects. All three of them were taken into custody by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
After authorities questioned the three suspects, they learned that they had walked from the Chamberlin Trailer Park on South Clegg Street. Along the way, the three suspects allegedly conspired to find a home they could break into, so they could rob its occupants.
"They picked [the residence] in hopes it would yield easy cash," Jones said.
Jones said the initial plan was for Case and the juvenile to enter the residence after the victim let Crain inside to go to the bathroom.
However, when the victim refused to let Crain inside, they changed their plan, Jones said. Crain walked in front of the residence while Case and the juvenile ran to the back door. Then the juvenile kicked in the door.
After the residents' screaming scared the two male suspects off, Smith spotted them running south on the next street over. The county commissioner saw the two male suspects leave Crain behind, and stopped to check on her. Jones said Smith had been in the area because he heard the police activity on his county radio.
After Smith notified the two TPD officers of his location, Bryan detained Crain as a possible suspect. A short time later, Jones and the two deputies arrived to help them. Case was taken into custody just off of Madison Street and FM 356 after a brief search and foot chase.
A citizen spotted the juvenile suspect in the same area, ran him down on North Clegg Street, and notified authorities of his location. The 16-year-old was arrested at the scene and transported to a juvenile detention facility in Conroe.