Sex offender, accomplices arrested after burglary alarm tripped
POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 4:59pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:30am
Mt. Pleasant, Texas (KETK) — A tripped burglary alarm at a Mt. Pleasant home led police to the arrests of a wanted sex offender and another man.
On Friday at 3:19 a.m., officers responded to a residential burglary alarm in the 500 block of Redfearn Ct. As patrol officers approached the scene, they noticed a suspicious vehicle driving in the area. A traffic stop was made off Greenhill Rd on County Road 1612, however, when the vehicle stopped, the driver ran.
Officers took two passengers into custody from the vehicle while a ground search was launched. During the investigation, police found items in the vehicle, which authorities determined have been reported stolen in Bay City and Longview.
Officers also found several forms of identification, including driver licenses, social security cards, and other government issued documents not belonging to any passengers.
Some of the stolen goods were found in the possession of the suspects. They were traced to a vehicle burglary at a house on County Road 1612 in Titus County. Detectives also learned the driver of the vehicle may either be in possession of or had thrown out a handgun from the moving vehicle before he ran. The handgun was later linked to a vehicle burglary in the 500 block of Greenhill Park.
Although the suspect who ran was not located during the search, officers were able to identify him as Quwanah Simmons, 21, of Lone Star. The passengers were Bobby Joe Haynes, 21, of Lone Star, and a 16-year-old male juvenile from Lone Star. They were all arrested at the scene.
Simmons was found late in the afternoon at a house on Alamo Street in Lone Star. The suspect was arrested with the assistance of Lone Star PD and booked into the Morris County Jail for a Bowie County arrest warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.
Officers later located the stolen gun after a lengthy search of the suspect vehicle's path. The gun and stolen goods were returned to the owner on County Road 1612. Additional charges related to Mount Pleasant and Titus County offenses are pending warrants being issued.
Haynes was booked into the Titus County Jail for: theft of property, fraudulent possession of identifying information, unlawful use of criminal instruments, burglary of a vehicle, and theft of a firearm. The 16-year-old Juvenile was also charged with the same offenses as Haynes and taken to the Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center in Longview.