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Suspect in church robbery remains in jail
GOODRICH — A suspect remains in custody in the Polk County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $125,000 for the robbery of a Goodrich church, unlawful possession of a firearm, and the surrender of a bond for a prior San Jacinto County charge. On Oct. 24, 2012 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the First Apostolic Church in Goodrich reporting an aggravated robbery that had already occurred. Sheriff’s deputies and detectives arrived on scene and began gathering evidence and speaking with the victim. The victim was able to give a good description of the suspect and the vehicle. Numerous items had been taken from inside the church and surrounding buildings. Detective Christopher Lima came upon a vehicle and person matching the description given by a victim in San Jacinto County. The person then exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. In the back of the suspect vehicle in plain view were items matching the list of items stolen from the church. The person and owner of vehicle was identified as Brandon Dwayne Hook, age 23.Search warrants were obtained for Hooks’ vehicle and property. A large amount of the property taken from the church was located in Hook’s vehicle and on his property. These items were returned to the church, a pistol was also found under the seat in the vehicle. On Oct. 25, Detectives Christopher Lima and Vance Berry located Brandon Dwayne Hook hiding out in an abandoned house in San Jacinto County. Hook was arrested for aggravated robbery. Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Steven McEntyre at $100,000. On Nov. 7, a warrant for unlawful possession of firearm by felon was also served on Hook. Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth at $15,000. Burglary of a habitation charges are pending on Brandon at this time due to other stolen items found in his vehicle being identified as coming out of a house on FM 1988.