Lufkin police: Man sore after losing $100 foot race, pulls gun

Sergio Escobedo (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Sergio Escobedo (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police arrested a man accused of pulling a gun on a man over the weekend who he had lost a foot race with three weeks prior.

Sergio Escobedo, 43, is charged with aggravated assault and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

According to a police report, an officer was on his way to a traffic stop on Saturday at 2:32 a.m. when two men flagged him down on the 1300 block of North First Street. A third man started walking away from them at that time.

The officer said he stopped his car and talked to the two men, who said the third man, Escobedo, had a gun. The officer said he went around the patrol car and ordered Escobedo to show his hands and not move. Escobedo did not obey so the officer pulled his gun and pointed it at Escobedo and ordered him not to move and put him in hand restraints, according to the report.

The officer then searched Escobedo and did not find a gun, but then found one inside Escobedo's pickup, according to the report.

The officer then spoke to the two men, who said they were both out front drinking beer when a truck went by with its headlights off. They said the truck then turned around and parked in the driveway and Escobedo got out and threatened one of the men. As Escobedo got closer, they saw he had a pistol and pointed it at one of the men, while threatening to kill him. They said he then held it close to his body when he saw the patrol lights getting closer.

One of the men explained that approximately three weeks ago, he and Escobedo had run a race for a wager of $100 and Escobedo had lost the race and did not pay. The man said he believed it was a dead issue. The other man said the two had argued three weeks ago regarding a race at a soccer game they had participated in.

The officer arrested Escobedo. He has posted a collective $16,500 bail.

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