Police charger stolen; CPD arrests suspect
Houston County Courier
By Ashlie LeBlanc
A 28-year-old Crockett man was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 2 after allegedly attacking a woman and stealing a Crockett Police Department vehicle. What began with an attack and robbery of a 67-year-old woman on the square in Crockett, led to the theft of a Crockett Police patrol car Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 2. Blayne Lamont Smith, 28, allegedly robbed the woman on Nov. 2 around 1:30 p.m. on South Fifth St. Smith then reportedly fled the area on foot. He was spotted by Crockett police behind the First Baptist Church on East Goliad. According to a CPD report, Cpl. Vince Baker approached Smith in order to question him regarding the incident. Smith ran north on foot in order to evade detention, according to the CPD report. Baker chased Smith north onto Cato Street. He then ran behind some houses where Baker lost sight of him, according to the CPD report. Smith then apparently doubled back to the officer’s patrol car and allegedly stole it in order to evade capture. According to Crockett Police Chief Jimmy Fisher, the suspect’s arrest and retrieval of the patrol car was the result of collaboration between the CPD., HCSO and DPS. The patrol car was recovered on Industrial Blvd., and Smith was apprehended. The CPD report indicates the vehicle was damaged, but the extent of the damage is unknown at this time. The woman who was attacked sustained minor abrasions to her left arm, according to CPD.