NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement officers in Nacogdoches County arrested a 50-year-old wanted fugitive who is accused of breaking into a home and assaulting his estranged wife following an hour-long manhunt in the area of FM 343 and County Road 829 Tuesday.
Freddie George Johnson, of Mount Enterprise, was found hiding in a shed.
Johnson is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a first-degree felony burglary with the intent to commit another felony charge, a second-degree burglary of a habitation charge, and a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest charge. No bail amounts have been set for his charges at this time.
According to a press release, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office started an investigation after NCSO deputies were dispatched to a home on FM 3314 on July 22. They learned that Johnson had broken into the house and assaulted his estranged wife, the press release stated.
At the time of the alleged break-in and assault, there was a protective order in place against Johnson that banned him from having any kind of contact with his wife, the press release stated.
After the sheriff's office did a thorough investigation into the case, the initial charges of assault and violating a protective order were upgraded to the burglary charges. Warrants were issued, and NCSO deputies started looking for Johnson.
On Tuesday, NCSO deputies spotted Johnson driving on FM 343 and attempted a traffic stop near the CR 829 intersection. Johnson bailed out of his vehicle and fled on foot, the press release stated.
In addition to the NCSO deputies, Texas Department of Transportation troopers, and the Precinct 1 and 4 constable's offices assisted with the search. After authorities searched for about an hour, they found Johnson hiding in a shed, the press release.
Johnson was arrested without any further incident and taken to the county jail.
According to the press release, Johnson was out of jail on bond on a previous incident that occurred on May 4. At that time, Johnson was arrested after he allegedly led NCSO deputies on a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 259 that continued into Rusk County.