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2 jailed for Indian Springs home invasion/aggravated robbery
Polk County Enterprise - August 2009
LIVINGSTON — Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects July 31 in the homeinvasion style robbery that occurred in the Indian Springs subdivision July 22. The sheriff’s office received a 911 call July 22 reporting that two while males had entered an Indian Springs residence, held the occupants at gunpoint and demanded money. Two of the residents were physically assaulted and a large amount of money taken, according to a statement released by Capt. Rickie Childers of PCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division. Detectives received information July 31 that led to the arrest of Derek Edward Jackson, 18, and Bryan Scott Brandon, 20, both of Livingston. Detectives located the weapon used, the victim’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash. Both suspects have been charged with Aggravated Robbery and are being held in the Polk County Jail. Bond has been set at $100,000 each. Arrest made in sexual assault of 4-year-old A Corrigan man was arrested July 27 by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the reported sexual molestation of a 4-year-old female child at a residence in Corrigan.
Following the July 9 report, the child underwent a forsenic interview at the Angelina Alliance for Children in Lufkin. Findings from that interview led detectives to suspect that the child was sexually molested on more than one occasion by caregivers while her mother was at work, Det. Craig Finegan said in a written statement issued Tuesday. The child was left in the care of Joseph Herman Cochran, 73, and his wife while the mother was at work. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and located additional evidence during the search. Joseph Cochran was arrested on a warrant issued by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Jesus (Jesse) Gonzalez and Belinda Ivy were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on Monday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. according to Polk County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detective Randy Turner. Turner, PCSO Deputy Chris Lima and PCSO Criminal Detective Raymond Lofton arrived at the Gonzalez residence located on 500 West First Street in Corrigan on a stolen property tip. When the officers arrived, a search warrant was requested and 1.1 pounds of marijuana were found in the outbuilding on the property.
Both were arrested and taken to the Polk County jail. Hate crime suspect arrested in Livingston One of three white male suspects charged with the racially motivated beating of an ice cream truck driver was located and arrested in Livingston by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday morning. Law enforcement reports show Victor McDonald was driving an ice cream truck in the 8500 block of Ponderosa Pine Place near Tomball at about 7:15 p.m. July 22 when three men approached him and began yelling obscenities. “It was sheer hatred, just because of the color of my skin,” McDonald told reporters for KPRC news in Houston. “(They were) calling me the n-word and threatening me. They told me they were going to kill me.” One of the men hit the truck and forced McDonald to stop by jumping in front of it. The three yelled racial slurs while beating him in the face through his open window and door, according to reports released by the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s office.
McDonald was hospitalized after the attack with a broken nose, nerve damage to his eye and a fractured skull. He identified three suspects from a photo lineup. Dale Howell, 36 was arrested in Livingston after law enforcement officers received a tip he was staying here. Deputy U.S. Marshal Cameron Welch told reporters that Howell’s arrest led the other two suspects — Christopher Elledge, 20, and Troy Elledge, 42,— to surrender to authorities in Harris County. Troy Elledge and Christopher Elledge are father and son and are related to Howell, according to Welch. All three are charged with aggravated assault with a hate crime enhancement, a first-degree felony with punishment of up to life in prison. Bond was set at $30,000 each and all three remained in the Harris County jail as of press deadline.