Two Arrested after Incident at Wal-Mart
LIBERTY, October 4, 2012 - It was around 2:00 AM when Officer Frank Longoria working the night shift went to Wal-Mart for something to eat.
According to Officer Longoria upon his arrival at the store he noticed two of the managers standing just inside the entrance of the grocery department. One of the managers spoke to him and said, “I was just getting ready to call you.”
According to the manager two people who had been observed in the store earlier in the day had just exited the building and were in the parking lot. The manager alleged that the two had been observed shoplifting during their earlier visit and as they were following them tonight they attempted to leave the store with a shopping basket but the abandoned the basket inside the store and left.
Officer Longoria saw the woman get into a late model Jeep SUV and quickly left the parking lot onto the SH 146 Bypass traveling south toward US 90. Longoria gave chase in an attempt to stop the vehicle and identify the woman. At the same time the man who was with the woman was in the parking lot wearing a red shirt with strips.
Longoria notified fellow Officer Josh Cummins of the man in the parking lot.
While Longoria caught up with the Jeep making a left turn on Beaumont Ave going east Cummins encounters the man in the parking lot.
Officer Longoria followed the Jeep all the way to the home of the driver’s mother on Bobcat Lane in Daisetta before she finally stopped her vehicle having ignored the lights on Longoria’s patrol vehicle. This pursuit at speeds between 40 and 70 mph lasted for about 9 miles.
While Longoria was busy attempting to stop this fleeing vehicle Officer Cummins arrived at the Wal-Mart, located the man and ask to speak to him. The man protested say he hadn’t done anything. The man would not follow instructions and refused to speak to speak to Officer Cummins. He then refused to keep his hands where they could be seen and kept putting them in his pockets. Officer Cummins then attempted to place handcuffs on the man to detain him and he resisted. It was at this point that Officer Cummins deployed and used his Taser to subdue the man.
As a result of all of this, the woman driving the Jeep, Yolanda Renee Cain age 40 of Daisetta was arrested and charged with Felony Evading in a Motor Vehicle and transported to the Liberty County Jail.
The man in the red shirt was identified as John Wayne Austin age 56 of Raywood and was arrested for Resisting Arrest or Detention.
Both were transported to the Liberty County Jail.
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