Lufkin man allegedly hits police officer with hand, backpack, runs away

Anthony Burks (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Anthony Burks (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 27-year-old man after he allegedly hit an officer with his hand and a backpack, fled on foot, and dropped a pill bottle after they went to investigate a criminal trespass report Wednesday morning.

Anthony Lerome Burks, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of assaulting a public servant, a Class A misdemeanor charge of evading arrest or detention, a Class A misdemeanor charge of tampering with identification numbers on personal property, a Class A misdemeanor charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon, and a misdemeanor traffic charge for running a stop sign.

Collectively, Burks' bail was set at $10,000.

Sgt. David Casper, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said that LPD officers responded to a criminal trespass report at a residence in the 700 block of Allendale at approximately 8:20 a.m. When they got there, they learned that the suspect had walked away when he learned that the police were on their way.

The complainant gave the officers a description of the suspect, and told them that the man had a gun in his backpack, Casper said. An LPD officer located the suspect a short time later near the intersection of Marion and Johnson streets.

While the LPD officer was talking to the man, who was later identified as Burks, the suspect allegedly hit him with his hand and the backpack causing bruising to the officer's eye and a small cut to his ear. Casper said Burks then fled on foot back toward the original location on Allendale.

During the foot pursuit, Burks allegedly dropped a pill bottle with his name on it in one of the yards. After Burks tried to get into a residence on Allendale, he was caught in the home's backyard.

Casper said LPD officers found the backpack on the roof of the residence. Inside the backpack, they allegedly found a pistol with its serial number removed.

"The pill bottle was also recovered" Casper said. "It contained an unknown liquid that tested negative for various drugs."

The LPD officers also learned that Burks had an outstanding municipal warrant. Burks was arrested at the scene and taken to the Angelina County Jail.

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