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Three captured by CPD for home invasion, assault
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones Editor-in-Chief Following an early morning home invasion and assault at a residence in the 300 block of North Durrett Dr. in Crockett Thursday, June 13, police officers apprehended two men and one woman in reference to the case. One suspect, Keith Steele, 21, B/M of Crockett, remains at large (as of 1 a.m. Saturday morning, June 15). During their investigation Thursday, CPD officers learned four subjects wearing dark clothing and bandana-type masks allegedly forced their way into the residence and assaulted the victims. CPD Public Information Officer/Investigator Clayton Smith stated, "During this incident the suspects were reported to have been armed and demanded money from the victims. Both victims were assaulted with the weapon and had to receive medical attention due to their injuries." At approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, CPD arrested one of the suspects, Jeremy Owens, 21, of Crockett. He was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Robbery (1st degree felony), Burglary of a Habitation (1st degree felony), Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon (3rd degree felony), Possession of Controlled Substance (State Jail Felony) and Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor), Smith reported. The CPD obtained information that indicated the suspects were staying at a motel on North 4th St. They obtained and executed a search warrant for the room where the suspects allegedly were staying, Smith reported. "As a result of the search warrant and evidence recovered," Smith stated, "two additional suspects were arrested (Thursday night)." Kenneth McCullough, 26, of Houston and Chalove Hunter, 26, of Lufkin were booked into the Houston County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (State Jail Felony) and Possession of Marijuana (Class B Misdemeanor). Keith Steele, 21, of Crockett, also is a suspect in the case and has not been apprehended yet. Friday night, June 14, CPD, with assistance from the Lufkin SWAT team, Houston County Sheriff's office and other local law enforcement personnel, engaged in a stand-off with Steele for several hours at the Cole Creek Apartments on East Loop 304. At approximately 10:55 p.m., Steele allegedly jumped a fence and fled into an adjacent wooded area. As officers gave chase, residents who had been evacuated from their building shouted, "Get him!" After searching the wooded area and the perimeter of nearby businesses, police moved into a nearby neighborhood off of Bowie. Cross reported at 1 a.m. that Steele continued to be at large and officers still were searching for him. Crockett's police chief also said he appreciates the Lufkin SWAT team and all local law enforcement for their help. As the search continues, watch the Courier's Facebook page for updates.


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