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Pursuit, Moscow manhunt ends with 3 captured
Polk County Enterprise - September 2009
MOSCOW — Three suspects are being held in the Polk County jail on charges related to a robbery at the Best Western motel in Cleveland and fleeing from law enforcement agencies that chased them from the Livingston Inn to Moscow. The Cleveland motel robbery was reported at 2:10 a.m. Sunday. At about 3 a.m. employees at the Livingston Inn called the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and reported three suspicious-looking males driving a black Ford truck. The men had left the motel and continued traveling north on U.S. 59. Investigator Mark Jones with the Polk County District Attorney’s Office heard the call and began the pursuit.
Sheriff’s deputies, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Livingston police soon joined the chase. Corrigan Police Officer Chris Melendez, was able to deploy spikes near Moscow which flattened the tires on the suspects’ vehicle. All three occupants fled from the vehicle on foot. The driver, Don Shilo Hendrix, 25, of Crosby , ran into the woods on the west side of U.S. 59. The two passengers, Randy Jo Hunt, 25, and John Edmund LeBlanc, 25, both of Porter, fled into the woods on the east side of the highway. Law enforcement officers from all participating agencies searched the Moscow area. At about 5 a.m., search dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice arrived. Melendez, Livingston Police Officer Ashley Brame and DPS Trooper Kevin Burnam spotted two of the suspects — Hendrix and Hunt — riding stolen bicycles.
They apprehended Hunt at about 7:30 a.m. Hendrix again fled on foot. They captured him at about 9:30 or 10 in the woods near Moscow area, according to one officer involved in the search. LeBlanc was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. Monday after being spotted on U.S. 59 North. All three were booked into the Polk County jail on charges of felony evasion in a vehicle with a $10,000 bond each. Arrest warrants were issued later for aggravated robbery charges for Hendrix and LeBlanc. Each charge requires a $100,000 bond. Hunt is being held without bond on a parole violation while officers continue to investigate his involvement, if any, in the Cleveland robbery.