LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have determined the identity of one of the suspects in an attempted burglary on Garrison Road after he allegedly broke into a second home later Tuesday morning.
The saga began Tuesday morning around 3 a.m. when two masked men tried to break into the Garrison Road home. The homeowner saw them and called 911, but something scared the men off and they left the scene in a stolen pickup out of Grand Prairie. A patrol officer found the suspect vehicle and got in a pursuit. The men abandoned the vehicle on Harmony Hill Drive and ran into the woods. Maskunas said SWAT teams from Lufkin PD and the sheriff's office had been combing the woods, but the search was called off around 7 a.m.
According to Lufkin police, they learned around 9:30 a.m. that one of the suspects had been involved in a second burglary, this time on the 500 block of Card Drive. Detectives began interviewing witnesses and learned the suspect had been waiting on the porch of the home when one of the victims went outside to check the weather. Around 5:30 a.m., the suspect used that opportunity to push his way into the home.
He kept the victim and her adult daughter within his sight but did not hurt them or show any weapons, according to the report. The victims were able to convince him to allow them to take him to a bank and then to a motel.
According to the report, the victims were scared and did not tell police until hours later. By this time, the suspect had left the motel. But police were able to identify the suspect as William Francis, 32.
Francis is described as being 6-foot-2 with a medium build and shaved head with a tattoo on his right jawline of the state of California and a Raiders emblem on his neck.
He is wanted on a Lufkin police charge of first-degree burglary of a habitation.