Lufkin man who hit police man with hand, backpack a no-show for sentencing

Lufkin man who hit police man with hand, backpack a no-show for sentencing

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who pleaded guilty to hitting a police officer with his hand and a backpack was a no-show for his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

According to Sandra Martin, a prosecutor with the Angelina County District Attorney's Office, the next step will involve the DA's office issuing a failure to appear warrant for Anthony Lerome Burks, 28.

Burks was originally charged with state-jail felony assaulting a public servant and three Class A misdemeanors - evading arrest or detention, tampering with identification numbers on personal property, and unlawfully carrying a weapon - when he was arrested in June of 2014.

In a previous story, 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. 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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