Alleged burglars who led deputies on chase with child in truck identified
POSTED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 1:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:48am
Tyler (KETK) — The Smith County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspects in an April 21 burglary and chase, which involved a young child in the getaway vehicle.
The suspects were identified as Natalie Willars, 24, of Tyler, Johnathon Ballesteros, 22, and Steven Silva, 22, of Tyler. All have prior arrests on their record, said a spokesperson for the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
On Monday at around 9:40 a.m., the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on a burglary in progress. Deputies were in route to the scene after receiving a call of suspicious activity in the area. During this time, the homeowner returned home to find the burglars leaving her residence.
The thieves left the house in a black truck and passed one of the responding deputies. A pursuit began and ended in the 12000 block of Highway 64 West.
When the truck stopped, Silva ran from authorities into a nearby wooded area. A deputy chased the bandit on foot and caught him. Another deputy stayed with the vehicle and arrested the remaining two suspects on site. Numerous law enforcement officials responded to assist. Items taken from the burglarized home were recovered from their vehicle.
Willars was identified as the driver. A 4-year-old passenger in the vehicle was also identified as a relative of the woman and was released to his mother.
All three suspects are currently in jail. Willars and Ballestros were charged with burglary of a habitation. Their bond was set at $35,000.
Silva has been charged with burglary of a habitation and evading arrest. His bond was set at $40,000.
Ballestros and Silva are in violation of their parole, said the Smith County Sheriff's Office.