LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested two burglary suspects Thursday afternoon after they allegedly fled from the LPD at the scene of a crime, hid in a nearby rent house, and fell through the ceiling.
Quavior Ramon Garrett, 18, and James Marshall Jackson 27, both of Lufkn, are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Each man was charged with second-degree felony burglary of a habitation and Class A misdemeanor evading arrest. Garrett was also charged with a motion to revoke probation charge for criminal trespass and two capias traffic warrants.
Sgt. David Casper, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said an LPD officer received a call about a possible burglary in progress at approximately 12:20 Thursday. When the officer arrived on the scene, he talked to the homeowner, who told them a neighbor had called and said there were people at one of his or her or vacant rent houses.
The homeowner told the police officer that no one should have been at that residence.
After the LPD officer approached the rent house, he spotted two suspects, who fled when they saw the officer, Casper said. The officer went to the area where he had last seen the suspect and found some window air conditioning units and an oven.
By then, additional Lufkin Police officers had arrived on the scene.
Although the officers thought the suspects had fled into a house on that side of the fence, the renter initially told the officers no when they asked for permission to search the house. The renter left and returned a short time later. Then he or she gave the LPD officers consent to search the house.
At that point, the LPD officers started clearing the house. While they were doing so, Garrett fell through the sheet rock ceiling in one of the bedrooms, and he was taken into custody.
Casper said the officers could hear someone else in the attic, but the person or persons would not come down. A short time later, the second suspect's leg fell through the sheetrock ceiling. The suspect, who was later identified, as Jackson, agreed to go to the attic entrance and come out.
He was taken into custody and he and Garrett were transported to the Angelina County Jail.
The homeowner identified the window units and oven as appliances from the vacant rent house.