Prohibited Weapons Arrest

HARDIN, May 1, 2013 - Shortly before noon on Wednesday, May 1st, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was called in reference to an “unwanted subject”. The caller, in the 3400 block of C.R. 2066 in Hardin, said there was a man on his property that had had been previously told not to return. The caller also felt the man had weapons and might be delusional.

Deputy William Candelari responded to the scene and found the man, later identified as Vernon Wayne Alberson, 44, of Hardin, in a truck at the back of the property. Candelari maintained a distance from the truck while waiting for back up units, but was able to initiate a conversation with Alberson. For a short period, Alberson stayed shielded by his truck, obscuring Deputy Candelari’s view of potential threats from weapons. But Candelari was able to successfully talk Alberson away from the truck and towards his patrol car.

Deputy Candelari took Alberson into temporary detention, but found no weapons on his person. He then went to secure Alberson’s truck and found various weapons, ammunition, binoculars and a G.P.S. unit. While inventorying the contents of the truck, Candelari found a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel length shorter than allowed by Texas law.

Vernon Wayne Alberson was arrested and transported to the Liberty County Jail without incident. He was booked-in for the offense of Prohibited Weapon, a 3rd degree felony. Thursday, May 2nd, Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Stephen Hebert set bond for Alberson at $25,000.

While the arrest prevented a potentially dangerous situation from escalating, LCSO is still investigating Alberson for further weapons violations.                                       

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