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Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office seeking public's help in finding theft suspect

Terran Speaker (Source: Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office) Terran Speaker (Source: Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office)
Julie Saxon (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Julie Saxon (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Travis Wilbanks (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail) Travis Wilbanks (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who fled from NCSO deputies after she and two other people were allegedly caught in the act of stealing items from a property on County Road 127.

Two of the suspects were arrested after they led authorities on a high-speed chase and then ran away on foot when they stopped at a home and bailed out of their vehicle.

Julie Saxon, 33 of Corrigan, and Travis Wilbanks, 33, of Hudson, are both still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail. They were both charged with state-jail felony theft of a firearm and Class A misdemeanor evading arrest. 

Wilbanks’ evading charge was upgraded to a state-jail felony because of a previous conviction. He was also charged with Class B possession of marijuana.

According to a press release, the Nacogdoches County sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a theft in progress. A home owner told the sheriff’s office that he had found three people on his property that were in the process of stealing items, the press release stated.

When the NCSO deputies got to CR 127, they found a vehicle containing three people leaving the scene.

“Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle refused to stop,” the press release stated. “A pursuit started and deputies continued to pursue the vehicle at high rate of speeds on Highway 59. The pursuit continued for several miles into the Appleby area. The vehicle pulled into a residence on Cr. 250 and all three occupants fled on foot from the vehicle. “

According to the press release, NCSO deputies and investigators searched for the driver of the car, who has been identified as Terran Speaker, 32, of Huntington. Speaker was not located in the manhunt.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Nacogdoches Police Department assisted the NCSO during the manhunt.

“Arrest warrants for Speaker have been issued for Theft of a Firearm and Evading arrest in a motor vehicle, both state jail felonies,” the press release stated. “Anyone with information on Speaker’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office.”

To contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, call (936) 560-7777.

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