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Burglary suspect jailed after fleeing ER
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GROVETON – A 38-year-old woman who fled from the ETMC emergency room following a car crash, was charged Saturday with burglary. Cynthia Carol Horn of the Hawg Heaven subdivision off FM 356 was charged with burglary of a habitation in connection with a break-in reported in Hawg Heaven. She was being held this week under a $100,000 bond. According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, the incident began about 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, when a homeowner in Hawg Heaven returned home and surprised a burglar. The burglar took off in a vehicle, which crashed a short distance from the home. “Residents of the subdivision held the suspect there until a deputy could arrive,” Montemayor said. Because of the car crash, an ambulance was called and the woman was transported to East Texas Medical Center-Trinity to be evaluated. “At that time, she was not placed under arrest. The deputy had to gather enough evidence to file charges, so after the ambulance took the woman to the hospital, he had the homeowner identify stolen property inside the wrecked vehicle,” Montemayor explained. The deputy then headed to Trinity where he planned to place the suspect under arrest. However, shortly after arriving at the hospital, the woman left the emergency room before receiving treatment. When the deputy arrived and found that the suspect was gone, he called for assistance from both the Trinity Police Department and the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department to help relocate her. “She was found about 30 minutes later in a house not far from the hospital,” Montemayor said, adding she was placed under arrest at that time. At the time of her arrest Saturday, Horn already had another burglary of a habitation charge filed against her in Trinity County. The sheriff said that charges also have been filed in connection with other break-ins in both Polk and Houston counties. Montemayor said investigators also are looking into the possibility that the woman was involved in at least four other Trinity County burglaries. “I want to thank both the Trinity police and fire department for their quick assistance in helping us find the suspect,” the sheriff said.