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Pct. 1 arrest warrants lead to other arrests

Trinity Standard -

TRINITY – An investigation into the theft of two motorcycles by the Trinity County Precinct 1 constable’s office has lead to the arrest of several suspects on additional charges. According to Constable Woody Wallace, Jacob Kelly has been arrested as the result of an investigation into the theft of two motorcycles from Trinity Pines Conference Center off FM 356, east of Trinity. The investigation began after the victim contacted Wallace to report the theft. After a tip that two unknown motorcycles were seen in the Trinity Cove subdivision, the constable’s office began searching and found the motorcycles behind a mobile home. Following a brief investigation, Kelly was arrested and charged in connection with the theft. During the initial interview with Kelly another name surfaced in connection with the case and after further investigation a second suspect, James Tyrrell, was picked up on felony warrants from Brazoria County and questioned about the motorcycles theft. Wallace said Tyrrell gave a statement outlining his involvement in the motorcycle theft and when asked about other area burglaries, gave officers information about his involvement in several recent break-ins reported inside Westwood Shores. Wallace said that information was passed on to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department to investigate because they had taken the initial report on the burglaries. The arrest of Terrell came after Precinct 1 officers spent several days trying to locate him. Wallace said it appears that he had been hiding out inside the Westwood Shores Coach Village and it appeared as if several people were helping him avoid apprehension. They kept telling Wallace that the suspect had left town weeks ago while at the same time warning Tyrrell that officers were looking for him. “The only problem, other people that were acquainted with Tyrrell told us were he was staying and that Tyrrell never left Trinity County,” Wallace said. Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett then made extra effort to find Terrell by staking out the house he was known to be staying. When it was clear that Tyrrell had been located and was hiding, Wallace, Barrett and Deputy Constable Ricky Hope surrounded the house and made contact with a juvenile. The juvenile tried to persuade the officers that Tyrrell was no longer in Trinity County and tried to physically attack the officers when they refused to leave the property. However, after searching the house Tyrrell was located and arrested. The juvenile was also taken into custody and transferred to the juvenile detention center in Montgomery County after being charged with hindering apprehension. Hindering apprehension charges also are pending against Kelly, who is also believed to have warned Tyrrell. A second man was arrested and charged with hindering apprehension after several attempts to arrest Terri Malone on felony warrants. Christopher Allen was taken into custody after allowing Malone to stay at Allen’s house knowing that she was wanted by law enforcement officers. “Deputy Barrett and myself had made several attempts to arrest Malone on felony warrants at that house,” Wallace said. “Malone would run when she saw us coming. Allen was warned that if he continued to help her avoid arrest or provided a place for Malone to hide that he too would be arrested. “I guess he did not believe me,” Wallace said. “We arrived back at the house after an informant told us that she was staying there that night. We surrounded the house and when Deputy Barrett knocked on the front door she ran out the back door where we were waiting for her.” Allen also was arrested at that time and charged with hindering apprehension. Wallace said his office would be attempting to arrest other fugitives that are hiding in Trinity County and warned that those helping a fugitive wanted on a felony warrant also could be charged. He noted that a charge of hindering apprehension is a third degree felony which carries serious consequences that include heavy fines and possible prison time.


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