FROM LUFKIN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Lufkin Police Department detectives will seek a warrant for the arrest of Eric Morgan (White / Male / 07-19-1969 / 9100 Dodson Street, Houston) in connection with a home invasion-style robbery at a residence in Lufkin, Texas.
Just before 4:00 PM on September 01, 2011, a 77-year-old female responded to a knock at the front door of her Willow Bend Drive residence. When she unlocked the door, a white, male suspect forced his way inside the residence while pointing a handgun at the victim.
The suspect stole the victim’s purse and, within minutes of fleeing the house, used her credit card at a convenience store located a few blocks away, at the intersection of East Denman Avenue and South Chestnut Street. Video captured by the convenience store’s security cameras showed the suspect using the victim’s credit card to purchase fuel for a dark colored Volkswagen Eos, a two-door, hardtop convertible vehicle.
Friday, September 23, 2011, Navasota Police Department officers arrested Eric Morgan for the robbery of Wells Fargo Bank of Navasota that occurred at 10:43 AM that day. Lufkin Police Department detectives read a law enforcement release from Navasota and found that the description of Eric Morgan matched the description of the suspect in the Willow Bend Drive case.
Further investigation revealed that Morgan was in possession of property belonging to the home invasion victim, and that he was operating the dark colored Volkswagen shown in the convenience store security video.
Detective JB Smith, Public Information Officer for Lufkin Police Department stated; “our investigators were doing everything they could to identify and identify and locate the suspect, like monitoring suspect descriptions from other agencies. They knew they caught a break when the description of Navasota’s suspect came out.”
“Navasota PD officers deserve a great deal of credit. Not only did they catch their robbery suspect, their detailed follow-up investigation and evidence collection helped link Eric Morgan to Lufkin’s case”, Det. Smith said.
While Eric Morgan remains in the custody of Grimes County Sheriff's Office for other charges, a Lufkin Police Department detective will obtain a warran