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Warrant round up leads to manhunt
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TRINITY – An ongoing “warrant round up” lead to an eight-hour manhunt and the arrest of a suspect in the Harbor Point Subdivision Monday night. According to Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, James Gregory was taken into custody following a manhunt that included horse and tracking dog units from two Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) prison units. The arrest was part of an effort by the constable to round up local residents who are wanted on outstanding felony warrants. Gregory’s arrest marked the seventh such arrest during the current round up, Wallace said. Monday night’s chase began when Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett spotted a man walking on FM 355. Barrett recognized the man as Gregory, who had been sought by officers for the past several weeks. When Barrett attempted to make contact, the suspect fled on foot into the woods. Barrett then called Wallace and requested back up. Deputy constables Mark Cole and Ricky Hope along with Wallace joined in the hunt and began tracking the man through the woods. When the suspect slipped across FM 356 and headed through Harbor Point, tracking dogs from TDCJ were called in and immediately found the trail the fleeing felon left behind. Wallace noted that the Eastham Unit as well as the Wynne Farm dispatched teams of horses and dogs. “These dogs did a good job and lead us straight to Gregory. He was barricaded inside a house with his girlfriend and armed with a loaded shot gun,” Wallace said. Gregory was taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. Monday night and was transported to the Trinity County Jail in Groveton. In addition to fleeing charges, Wallace said that Gregory also would be facing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wallace indicated his department is focusing on a long list of wanted people staying in or around Trinity County. Wallace said that while investigating some of the burglaries that have recently taken place, the names of suspects that keep coming up are people already wanted for other crimes. “Most of the warrants we have served so far have been for parole or probation violations,” Wallace said. “We hope that these arrests will begin to make an impact on the thefts and burglaries that are happening in the area. “I hope this sends a message loud and clear to those hiding in Trinity County who are wanted. We are going to use all resources made available to us to put these people behind bars were they belong. They cannot hide in Trinity County,” Wallace said. “I would also like to thank the TDCJ personnel who responded and worked hard to help us.”


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