HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Houston County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding the fourth suspect in a sexually-charged home invasion robbery that occurred in the 100 block of Park Place on June 12.
Three other suspects in the case have been arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, and warrants have been issued for the fourth suspect for aggravated robbery and indecency with a child by contact.
Jay Barrett, 17, of Highlands, Fabian Xavier Vazquez, 17, Baytown, and Jose Vazquez, 19 were all charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery.
Xavier Mitchell, the 17-year-old fourth suspect, is still at large at this time. Mitchell is from the Baytown/Houston area, and anyone with any information that could lead to his arrest is urged to call the sheriff's office at (936) 544-2862 or call Crime Stoppers at (936) 363-TIPS.
The affidavit East Texas News obtained stated that Barrett, Jose Vazquez, and Mitchell kicked in the front door of a home in the 100 block of Park Place in Crockett in the early morning hours of June 12. Two of the people recognized Barrett's face and his voice, the affidavit stated.
Barrett was allegedly armed with a handgun, which appeared to be a black semiautomatic pistol, and the other two men were armed with baseball bats, according to the victims. A man and his two children, ages, 16 and 14, were in the home when the home-invasion robbery occurred, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, Barrett and the other two men were looking for cash and guns. When they didn't find what they had been looking for, they stole flat-screen televisions, a laptop, and game consoles, the affidavit stated.
During the course of the robbery, Mitchell went to the juvenile girl's room and questioned her about her sexual experience, the affidavit stated. He then allegedly forced her to lift her shirt and touched her inappropriately.
The boy stayed in his bed, and Barrett came into his room and put the gun to his head, the affidavit stated.
At that point, the suspects left the scene in two vehicles and headed toward the Trinity/Huntsville area on State Highway 19. Surveillance video from Broxon's Hardware in Lovelady showed two vehicles traveling south on SH 19 about the time the suspects' vehicles would have been coming through the area.
When the victims were identified at the sheriff's office, they said they were 100 percent certain that Barrett was one of the suspects and identified him via a driver's license photo. They also said that he used to be their neighbor and was well known to them, the affidavit stated.
Barrett allegedly made contact with the female victim on Facebook on June 12, saying, "im around," and when the victim replied 'and," he said, "ooo my bad."
The affidavit stated that the suspects in the case made the people in the home fearful of bodily injury or death to commit theft.
After the Houston County Sheriff's Office investigators got a warrant for Barrett's arrest, they took to social media to learn the identities of the other suspects.
"A tip was received several days later from an individual in the State of Kentucky who called the Sheriff's Office inquiring for confirmation of the home invasion robbery that occurred in Houston County," a press release stated." Through the call received, it was determined that the tipster had indeed encountered the individuals who had committed the home invasion in our county. Houston County investigators began working with the Kentucky State Police and they detained the three subjects, one of whom was Barrett, and Houston County Investigators drove to Kentucky to complete the investigation."
On June 21, two Houston County Sheriff's Office investigators traveled to McKee, Kentucky, where authorities caught Barrett, Fabian Vazquez, and Jose in the act of committing a burglary, the affidavit stated.
When the HCSO investigators interviewed Fabian Vasquez, he allegedly provided them with a full confession and provided details of the other suspects' involvement.
In addition, the vehicle the three men were in when they were captured was used in the Houston County home-invasion robbery and contained evidence that included black ski masks, the affidavit stated.
Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt said the arrests stemmed from good work by his deputies and investigators. He added that good work reached beyond the borders of Houston County and crossed into other states to get the job done.