LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The subject of a manhunt that started in Lufkin and wound up in the Groveton area, is now being held in the Angelina County Jail on three felony charges and two misdemeanor traffic charges, including burglary with the intent to commit assault, assault by strangulation, and evading arrest with a vehicle.
Damarcus Jermaine was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony burglary with the intent to commit assault charge, a third-degree felony assault by strangulation charge, state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge, and two misdemeanor traffic charges. Collectively, his bail has been set at $21,000 for all of the charges but the assault charge.
Jenkins was arrested Monday afternoon after several Deep East Texas law enforcement agencies spent several hours searching for him in a wooded area near Groveton. During the search, Jenkins was considered "armed and dangerous."
In a video he posted to his office's Facebook page, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said that Jenkins surrendered to authorities without incident, and the manhunt ended peacefully.
"The suspect is now in custody, so everybody in the FM 358, Moore Cemetery Road, and Bill Jones Road can rest easy," Wallace said in the video. "Assisting in the search was Angelina County, Lufkin PD, DPS troopers, Rangers, a SWAT team from Lufkin PD, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, and the game wardens. There was a DPS helicopter that went over the woods and actually found the guy and caused him to walk out without incident."
A press release from the Lufkin Police Department said Jenkins led LPD officers on a chase down State Highway 94 West into Trinity and Houston counties after he attempted to break into his former girlfriend's home during a domestic dispute at Greenbriar Apartments. A Lufkin PD arrived on the scene and saw Jenkin's silver Chevrolet Impala leaving the apartment complex.
"When the officer initiated a traffic stop, Jenkins refused and headed west on state Highway 94 into Trinity and Houston counties at speeds of 60-65 mph," the press release stated. "Twenty minutes into the pursuit, which began at 9:52 a.m., Jenkins fired shots at officers from his car and then accelerated to 85 to 90 mph, just after passing Centerville ISD. Officers did not return fire."
At about 10:40 a.m., Jenkins started "slow-rolling" his car, and he bailed out near the 600 block of Moore Cemetery Road in Groveton, the press release stated. Jenkins allegedly fired a round at a dog that chased him before he ran into a nearby wooded area.
"After being connected with Jenkins via cell phone, Officer Devin Trotti talked the man into surrendering," the press release stated. "Because Jenkins could not find his way back to the nearest road, Trotti directed the Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter to Jenkins' location."
At that point, the DPS helicopter led Jenkins out of the woods and to the place where the Special Response Team was waiting to take him into custody, the press release stated.