Houston Co. grand jury indicts man who allegedly shot at man, woman, baby

Houston Co. grand jury indicts man who allegedly shot at man, woman, baby
Charles Haffert (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Charles Haffert (Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old Crockett man in connection to allegations that he fired several shots at a man and a woman in a park back in February. At the time, the woman was holding a 9-month-old baby in her arms.

Ylanz Delane was indicted on two felony charges - attempted capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

3:46 p.m. on Feb. 10, Crockett Police officers responded to a shots-fired call near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Wm. Batts Street.

According to officers, a man and a woman told them Ylanz Demarcus Delane, 20, had fired several gunshots at them in a park. The woman was holding a nine-month-old in her arms at the time.

The victims said Delane, also known as Ylanz Baker, pointed a handgun at them and opened fire in their direction. The couple and the infant were unharmed.

Several shell casing were recovered from the area as well as other evidence, according to the Crockett Police Department. Later that evening, the suspect's blue sedan was located near Cedar Circle, and officers obtained a search warrant to search the vehicle and collect fingerprints and DNA evidence.

Crockett Police officers arrested Delane around 10:30 p.m. and was charged with attempted capital murder, a first-degree felony. He was booked into the Houston County Jail. He later posted a $50,000 bond and was released.

Charles Haffert, 30, was also among the 15 people indicted by the Houston County grand jury. Haffert allegedly shot another man at least four times in January.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Crockett Police officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of MLK in reference to reports of shots being fired. When the officers arrived on the scene, they were told that a man had been shot and was being taken to the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett emergency room.

Crockett PD officers began working the crime scene, and detectives were dispatched to the ETMC ER.

At the ER, they met with the victim, a 42-year-old man. They found that he had been shot at least four times - once in the face area, twice in his chest, and once in his arm. Although he was being treated by the ER staff, he was able to identify Haffert as the shooter.

Evidence was gathered at the scene, and Crockett PD detectives talked to additional witnesses. Authorities then obtained arrest warrants for Haffert.

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After the Crockett PD received information that Haffert was in the Grapeland area, the Crockett SWAT team was sent to Grapeland. Together, the SWAT team and Grapeland Police officers surrounded the backyard area where Haffert was hiding.

Haffert was found and taken into custody without further incident.