Suspect who attacked Lufkin store clerk, escaped custody has been re-arrested

A man accused of robbing a Lufkin store is back in the custody of law enforcement.
Published: Oct. 28, 2022 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2022 at 11:17 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A man accused of trying to rob a Lufkin store and who escaped custody after his arrest has been found after a manhunt. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office says he is back in custody as of 11 p.m.

The suspect was believed to be in the area of Garrison High School following his escape from the custody of Nacogdoches police.

He was also believed to be armed with a rifle.

Lufkin police say he attempted to rob Cash Now at 107 S. Timberland Drive at gunpoint around 11:35 a.m. Friday.

The suspect, described as a black male, jumped the counter and attacked the clerk before fleeing in a silver Dodge Charger, according to City of Lufkin Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth. Authorities said the vehicle headed north on Timberland Drive and then turned right on Lufkin Avenue.

The clerk was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with facial injuries, Pebsworth said.

At 7:27 p.m., Nacogdoches police say the man was in custody on a robbery charge, but he escaped.

Shortly after that, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office stated on Facebook that the manhunt was underway near Garrison High School after he had carjacked a vehicle before bailing out near the school.

Pebsworth confirmed the suspect on the run in Garrison is the same accused of the attempted robbery.

The suspect did not get anything in the robbery attempt, according to Pebsworth.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the department at (936) 633-0356 or Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous.

Around 11:35 a.m. today, a man attempted to rob a Cash Now in Lufkin at gunpoint.
Around 11:35 a.m. today, a man attempted to rob a Cash Now in Lufkin at gunpoint.(City of Lufkin)