On Friday, January 26, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle theft in the Blossom area. The owner reported a Jeep Wrangler missing. A Facebook post was created with the picture of the stolen Jeep. A short time later, an individual located it on FM 410 in Red River County.
The individual followed the stolen Jeep while on the phone with law enforcement as they turned down a county road in Red River County. The driver of a Dodge Ram, which they found later also stolen from Red River county, approached the rear of the caller’s vehicle and started ramming the caller’s vehicle. Deputies with the Lamar and Red River County Sheriff’s Offices and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers responded to the area and located the stolen property. They were just south of Detroit on a county road. Law enforcement arrived to find that they had set the Jeep and Dodge Ram on fire.
After an extensive investigation, Detectives with the Lamar and Red River County Sheriff’s Offices with the Northeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force were able to apprehend the suspects responsible for the theft, arson, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle) that occurred as a result of the vehicle thefts.
Deputies located and arrested Shaseton Unruh of Detroit, 25, on Monday, January 29, for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. One of these charges originated in Lamar County, with a $7,500 bond, and the other in Red River County, on a $5,000 bond. They also charged Unruh with three counts of motion to adjudicate guilt of theft of property over $2,500 but less than $30,000, with no bond. There was one count of motion to adjudicate guilt of criminal mischief over $2,500 but less than $30,000, with no bond.
They arrested Mallic Woodall of Deport, 46, on Tuesday, February 6, for two charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. One of these charges originated in Lamar County, with a bond of $7,500, and one in Red River County, with a bond of $5,000.
They arrested Jerred Lowrey of Deport, 23, on Wednesday, February 7, for five charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or a vehicle originating from Red River County, with no bond, and two charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity created from Red River County, with no bond.
All arrested parties remain in custody in the Lamar County Jail.
Sheriff Cass said, “I appreciate the hard work and cooperation between agencies in Lamar County, Red River County, the North East Texas Auto Theft Task Force, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. With this cooperation and the hard work of the agencies involved, these three individuals were arrested. I want to commend all involved for the great job done taking these criminals off our streets and keeping our counties safe.”