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Three held following home invasion
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TRINITY — Two adults and one juvenile were taken into custody Monday night , Sept. 2, following an attempted home invasion robbery. Timothy "T.J." Case, 19, and Nicole Crain, 27, were each charged with felony burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit robbery following the incident on Third Street in Trinity. In addition, a 16-year-old male was held on the same charge and taken to a juvenile detention facility in Conroe. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident began about 9:30 Monday night when a woman knocked on the door of a Third Street residence asking to use the restroom. The resident of the home, an elderly woman, told her "no" and subsequently saw the woman walking with two males. She then called Trinity police to report the suspicious activity. While Office Bureal Furguson was on the way to check out the report, police received another call from the victim who was screaming two males had just kicked in her back door. Jones said the victim was in the home with her daughter, who also began screaming at the two suspects, apparently startling them enough to cause them to flee the scene. Jones said with the help of Pct. 3 Commissioner Neal Smith, Trinity County deputies Justin Skies and Jeremy Alexander and a number of local citizens, police were able to track down the three suspects and had them all in custody by about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Jones said investigators believe the three conspired to find a residence, break in and rob the occupants. They chose the Third Street residence in hopes that it would be an easy target. The chief said the plan apparently called for the woman to gain entrance into the residence before the two male members of the group rushed in to commit the robbery. "They didn't have any kind of weapon, but they planned to use fear and intimidation to rob the victims," he said. The plan apparently was upset when their intended victim refused to allow the woman to enter the residence. Jones said the woman then remained in the front of the residence while the other two went to the back where the juvenile kicked in the door. When they entered the home, Jones said they were surprised to find a second person in the residence and fled when both women began screaming. When the group fled on foot, they were spotted by Smith, who was driving in the area. The commissioner had heard the police activity on his county radio, and when the two males left the woman behind, he stopped to check on her. Not knowing if the woman was involved or not, Smith notified police of his location and Officer Travis Bryan was quickly on the scene to take Crain into custody. Jones, together with Sikes and Alexander, also arrived to assist in the arrest when a second suspect was spotted. After a brief foot chase, Case was taken into custody just of Madison Street and FM 356. A short time later, a local resident spotted the juvenile in the same area. The citizen apprehended the 16-year-old on North Clegg Street following a short chase. Jones expressed his thanks to Smith, all officers involved and the local residents who used teamwork to locate the suspects.


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