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ACSO: Real-time video led to arrest of armed suspect in Central HS burglary

Sherif Guinn (Source: Angelina County Jail) Sherif Guinn (Source: Angelina County Jail)
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 17-year-old man after a Central ISD official spotted the teen in the CHS gym area via real-time surveillance video Tuesday morning.

Sherif Paul Guinn, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree place where weapons prohibited charge and a state-jail felony burglary charge. No bail amounts have been set for the charges yet.

According to a post that Sgt. Stephen Holt wrote on Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches’ Facebook page, ACSO deputies were dispatched out to Central High School in reference to a burglary in progress. The post stated that a Central ISD official was “receiving real-time video of a suspect in the gym area.”

“The suspect could be seen with a black bag, wearing gloves and a black mask,” the Facebook post stated. “Deputies were able to arrive and surround the building, making sure all escape routes were covered.”

When the suspect, who was later identified as Guinn, saw one of the deputies, he ran to the rear of the building and broke out a window to an effort to escape, the Facebook post stated.

However, two ACSO deputies were covering that area, and they took Guinn into custody. Guinn was found to be armed with a 9 mm pistol, and his backpack was located near the broken window, the Facebook post stated. 

The backpack allegedly contained items that had been stolen inside the school. The stolen items were released back to the school.

Justin Risner, the principal of Central High School, said that Guinn is not a current or even a former Central ISD. Risner said the burglary and Guinn’s arrest occurred at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, so there were no students on the campus when the incident occurred.

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