Nacogdoches Co. Sheriff: Manhunt results in arrest of handcuffed suspect who fled into lake

Timothy Becker (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Timothy Becker (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Marshall man who was the subject of a hour-long manhunt in the Etoile area by numerous county and state law enforcement agencies was arrested after allegedly he fled into Lake Sam Rayburn, still wearing the handcuffs officers had placed on him earlier Thursday.

Timothy Becker, 31, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony burglary of a habitation charge, a third-degree felony escape from custody charge, state-jail felony criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000 charge, and a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest or detention charge. No bail has been set for Becker yet.

According to a press release, deputies from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and the Precinct 4 Constable Office responded to the Nacolina subdivision on County Road 467 in Etoile Thursday afternoon in reference to a suspicious person.

When the authorities arrived on the scene, they detained three suspects for questioning after they found a residence that had been burglarized. The three suspects were placed in patrol units while deputies were collecting the property that had been taken from the residence and hidden in a nearby wooded area.

At some point, Becker, who was handcuffed, allegedly escaped from the patrol unit he had been placed in, and ran into the woods. The press release stated that Becker somehow managed to get his handcuffs from behind his back to in front of him.

Additional law enforcement officials were called in to help with the manhunt, according to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges. The Texas Department of Public Safety, Nacogdoches Precinct 3 Constable's Office, and the Angelina County Sheriff's Office also assisted with the search.

After about an hour, Becker was spotted in a wooded area near Lake Sam Rayburn. When officers gave chase, he allegedly fled in to the water of Lake Sam Rayburn, still wearing the handcuffs.

Becker was taken into custody without any further incident, and all three suspects were transported to the sheriff's office. After investigators interviewed all three suspects, it was determined that the other two suspects had nothing to do with the burglary, and they were released.

Bridges said all three individuals went to the Nacalina subdivision to look for arrowheads around the lake. While they were looking for the arrowheads, Becker allegedly wandered off and committed the burglary, which he allegedly confessed to the investigators.

NCSO deputies and the Precinct 4 Constable's Office remained at the scene processing the scene and looking for evidence. Bridges said all of the property that was taken from the residence has been recovered and will be returned to the owner.

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