LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested an 18-year-old man on two felony charges Thursday after he allegedly broke into a home in the 100 block of Andrews Ave. and stole cash and thousands of dollars worth of property, including a .45-caliber pistol.
Later, Cristo Alberto Servin, Jr. of Lufkin, allegedly used the same type of pistol to shoot a car owned by a man that he had gotten into a fight with at a party in Hudson and convinced a 16-year-old juvenile to take the blame for it, according to an arrest affidavit.
Servin was booked into the Angelina County Jail Thursday on a second-degree felony charge of burglary of a habitation and a state-jail felony charge of criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000. He was released later the same day after he posted a collective bail of $15,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, the burglary offense allegedly occurred on Oct. 1. Servin allegedly broke into a home in the 1100 block of Andrews Ave. and stole two 55-inch LG televisions, a Panasonic Home Theater, and HP Envy notebook computer, an Xbox 360 video game system, a 42-inch LG television, an LG Blu-Ray player, a Springfield ACP .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a 40-inch Samsung television, a gold chain with praying hands, a yellow gold wedding ring set with four diamonds, and $1,800 in cash.
"The jewelry, pistol, and cash were all in dresser drawers, but nothing else appeared to have been gone through," the affidavit stated. "It appeared as if whoever the suspect was, he knew where to look."
LPD officers spoke to the home's residents and its owner at approximately 11:15 a.m. The resident said he returned home for lunch and found his front door open and damaged as if someone had pried it to gain entry. He said his step-father was at the house all morning, save for when he went to the HEB store to get some food at about 10:45 a.m.
Then on Oct. 6, a Lufkin PD lieutenant was dispatched out to assist Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman with a traffic stop. According to the affidavit, LPD had just received a 911 call about shots fired in the Etech parking lot and Selman had made a traffic stop on the possible suspect vehicle.
When the LPD lieutenant arrived on the scene, he found Selman questioning Servin. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the Springfield Armory ACP .45-caliber hand gun used in the shooting incident had same serial number as the one stolen from the residence on Andrews Ave. five days earlier was found in the suspect's vehicle. Also found in the car was a box of .45-caliber ammunition that was the same brand as the shell casings found at the scene of the Etech shooting incident.
A rifle and rifle ammunition were also found inside the vehicle.
A 16-year-old juvenile that had been in the car with Servin claimed to be the one that had shot the vehicle at the Etech parking lot, according to the affidavit. The juvenile was arrested at the scene and charged with shooting the vehicle and having the stolen firearm.
The next day, an LPD investigator with Selman to a residence in the 800 block of Hightower Street to do a follow-up on the burglary investigation. There, they spoke to Servin's grandmother, who told them her grandson had a "very large TV" in his bedroom that he had gotten a week prior to that date. The woman told the authorities that Servin had told her he had purchased the television from a friend for $200.
After Selman was given permission to look at the TV, he found that its make, model, and serial number matched that of one of the televisions stolen from the residence on Andrews Ave.
A day later, the LPD investigator received a phone call from a juvenile probation officer, who told him the juvenile that had originally taken credit for shooting the car at Etech wanted to talk to a police officer about what had really happened.
During the interview, the juvenile said he was at a party in Hudson with Servin and another person on the evening of Oct. 6. He said Servin got into a fight with another individual at the party.
When the man left the party in a vehicle, Servin started chasing him in his own car, the juvenile said. The 16-year-old told the LPD investigator that Servin was gone for about 45 minutes. After he returned to pick on the juvenile and the friend, he allegedly told the juvenile that he had shot the car several times.
According to the affidavit, Selman made the traffic stop on Servin when the suspect drove by the car a second time to check out the damage caused by the gunshots.
The juvenile told authorities that Servin had stolen the hand gun and several other items from a friend's house. According to the affidavit, the juvenile said Servin took him to the friend's house, so they could play Xbox 360 games.
According to the affidavit, the 16-year-old said he told Servin where everything was in the residence, but he didn't help with the actual burglary. He claimed that he was at school when Servin and another individual broke into the home and stole the items. However, the juvenile admitted to texting Servin and asking him what the two men had gotten from the home, the affidavit stated.
The juvenile said Servin had sold the Xbox 360 game system and controllers at Game Exchange. He also said Servin gave the laptop to his grandmother, but that she gave it back to him because she couldn't get into it. Later, the LPD investigator went to Game Exchange and found that the Xbox 360 and items sold to the store on Oct. 5 matched items taken in the burglary.
According to the arrest affidavit, Servin and his attorney showed up at the Lufkin Police Department for an interview on Oct. 10. During the interview Servin admitted to shooting the vehicle parked at Etech. However, he denied breaking into the residence on Andrews Ave. and taking property from the home.
The vehicle that was shot was a Nissan Exterra, and the affidavit said it was shot four times. A local body shop gave a repair estimate of $1,654.