LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers tracked a man down and arrested him in Walmart Wednesday night after he allegedly crashed his car into the front doors of the Ross store located at 4500 South Medford Drive and said that someone was after his family.
No one was injured in the incident.
Lawrence Edward Young, 32, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony criminal mischief between $20,000 and $100,000 charge, a Class A misdemeanor charge, and five misdemeanor traffic charges.
Collectively, his bail has been set at $8,500 for the misdemeanor charges. No bail has been set yet for Young's criminal mischief charge.
According to the narrative from the police report, an LPD responded to a 911 call about a vehicle running into the Ross store and then fleeing the scene at about 9:47 p.m. Wednesday. When the officer arrived on the scene, the store's manager told him that the suspect had fled in the direction of Walmart in a white Chevrolet.
The LPD officer radioed ahead, and another officer spotted a vehicle matching that description in the Walmart parking lot a short time later. The still-running Chevrolet was parked in the driveway in front of the entrance.
After the LPD officer approached the car and took the keys out of the ignition, a witness gave him a description of the man seen exiting the vehicle and walking into Walmart. When the officer went inside the store, he found a man matching that description.
According to the report, the man, who was later identified as Young, was "very hesitant" to take his hands out of his pockets and only complied after the officer gave him the same order several times. The officer told Young to put his hands on the wall, so he could do a pat-down search for weapons, and the suspect allegedly turned away from the officer and started to walk back into the store.
When the officer grabbed Young by the arms, the suspect attempted to pull away, according to the affidavit. At that point, the LPD officer took Young to the ground to take control of the situation, and a another officer helped with placing handcuffs on the suspect.
The officers stood Young up, and after another brief struggle, the officers were able to put Young in a patrol unit.
The first officer on the scene returned to the Ross store and spoke to the store's manager, who told him Young had driven his vehicle from Chick-fil-A to Ross before he drove it through the store's front doors.
"[The manager} stated that after Young drove through the door, he opened his car door and stated that someone was after his family and that he lived on the 'North side' of Lufkin,'" the narrative stated. "'[The manager] stated that Young then shut his door, backed his car up, and fled the scene."
According to the report, the store's manager told the officer that it would cost approximately $22,000 to repair the damage to the store's front doors.
Stephen Dobbs works for Childress Glass. He said he spent a good chunk of his day replacing the window glass.
"When we got here this morning we noticed that both doors had been hit and knocked loose and then the top side is the only thing holding up." said Dobbs.
It took Dobbs and other approximately three hours to patch up the window.
While the LPD officer was talking to the Ross manager, an employee at the Best Buy store next door approached him and said that Young had been in their store about two hours earlier. The witness told the officer that a customer came to her and said that a man matching Young's description was threatening to kill everyone in the store, the report stated.
The witness told the officer that she didn't call the police at the time because the man left Best Buy.