Nacogdoches Co. authorities arrest burglary suspect after hour-long manhunt

Nacogdoches Co. authorities arrest burglary suspect after hour-long manhunt

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After he led Nacogdoches authorities on an hour-long manhunt, Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office deputies captured a 54-year-old Mount Enterprise man on several felony charges Thursday afternoon.

Patrick Terry Gilbert is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree burglary charge, a second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, a second-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge, a third-degree felony prohibited weapon charge, a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest charge, and a Class misdemeanor burglary of a vehicle charge.

Collectively Gilbert's bail amount has been set at $370,000.

According to a press release, NCSO deputies were dispatched to County Road at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday after a witness reported a vehicle parked in a suspicious location. The witness said he or she saw a man running through a yard toward the parked vehicle.

At that point, the man, who was later identified as Gilbert, pulled a sawed-off shotgun from his car and pointed it at the witness, the press release stated.
"A deputy with the Sheriff Office was on patrol on Cr. 929 when the call came into dispatch and arrived on scene in less than a minute," the press release stated. "The deputy observed the witness driving away from the suspect when a gun was pulled on him. The Deputy arrived on scene and ordered the subject on the ground. The suspect threw the gun back into the vehicle and fled on foot."

A short time later, more NCSO deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, officers from a Nacogdoches County constable's office, and the Garrison Police Department arrived on on scene to help with the manhunt. Officers formed a perimeter around the area while they were waiting on a DPS helicopter to fly in from Longview.

"While waiting officers could hear the suspect running in the woods and the suspect was apprehended without incident," the press release stated.

Further investigation revealed that Gilbert had burglarized a home and a vehicle on CR 929. Investigators found a prohibited shotgun, two different ski masks, and burglar tools in Gilbert's car, the press release stated.

Gilbert was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.

The press release also stated that the FBI contacted the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office Friday morning to let them know the federal agency is joining the investigation. The FBI has placed a federal hold in Gilbert, and are investigating him for other crimes in the East Texas area he is believed to have been involved in, the press release stated.

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