Two Arrested, One Still Loose From Manhunt South Of Raywood

LIBERTY, May 27, 2014 - On Thursday, May 22nd, at approximately 3:00 pm., the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) received a call regarding a man and a woman running through the complainant’s field on CR 1170, south of Raywood near the irrigation canal system. Sgt. Brett Audilet was in the area, having just finished investigating a burglary at a radio tower on Hwy. 61, so he went enroute to the call on CR 1170. When Sgt. Audilet arrived on scene, he immediately saw a male subject run from him, so he radioed-in a foot pursuit.

Because of Sgt. Audilet’s prior burglary call, and recent burglaries and thefts in the same area, it was believed the people running may have been suspects or persons of interest in those incidents. A perimeter was established with the assistance of units from the Pct. 2 Constable’s Office, Daisetta Police Department and Special Ranger Jimmy Belt. Within the first 20 minutes of the search, the TDCJ Hightower Unit in Dayton was called for assistance with their dogs.

A first suspect (male) was found in the canal area within an hour. A second suspect (male) eluded capture in the area and had made it to the Shell station in Raywood. He was taken into custody approximately 3 ½ hours after the initial call. There was also a female involved that was positively identified from information obtained during the investigation. The potential involvement of the two males and one female in the area’s burglaries and thefts is still under investigation by the LCSO.

Coy Hart
Fredrick Alex

The two male suspects were arrested and transported to the Liberty County Jail without further incident. Booked-in and charged with Criminal Trespass, a Class B Misdemeanor, and Evading Arrest or Detention, a Class A Misdemeanor, were Coy Hart, 32, from Moss Bluff and Fredrick Alex, 51, from Hull. Bond was set for both subjects at $5,000 per offense by JP1 Stephen Hebert. Fredrick Alex posted bond on May 23rd. Coy Hart remains in jail on a warrant hold out of Georgia. The investigation into Hart, Alex and the female of interest is ongoing.

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