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July 12, 2014

Arrests made near Eustace related to gaming establishment

Athens — The robbery of a gaming establishment near Eustace on Wednesday led to two arrests, according to information from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Manuel Herminio Hernandez, 25, of Gun Barrel City, was booked into the Henderson County Jail for robbery, evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction and a warrant for manufacture with intent to deliver a controlled substance (four grams to 200 grams). Hernandez was still in custody on Friday, with bond set at $125,000.

Erika Jo Guill, 28, of Gun Barrel City, was booked into the Henderson County Jail for robbery. She remained in custody on Friday, with bond set at $75,000.

Chief Dep. Botie Hillhouse reports that at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a robbery that had just occurred at a gaming establishment located on Richardson Road off U.S. Highway 175 west near Eustace. A white female and a Hispanic male had reportedly robbed the attendant of the establishment, and fled the location with a quantity of cash.

HCSO reports said Investigator Brad Gray and Capt. Bryan Tower responded to the location, and were able to obtain a vehicle description and description of the two suspects.

During the course of the investigation, officers were able to identify the suspects and white Chrysler Town and Country minivan in which the suspects had been seen. Local law enforcement was notified of the findings.

On Thursday, at about 8 a.m., HCSO reports that Dep. Jodie Sorrells, during a routine patrol, located the suspect vehicle at an address off Sailfish in the Bonita Point Subdivision. HCSO personnel responded and began surveillance.

At about 10 a.m., investigators and command staff responded to the residence in an attempt to apprehend the suspects. Guill was taken into custody without incident inside the residence, but Hernandez jumped through a window, and fled on foot from several pursuing officers.

HCSO reports said officers conducted a lengthy search for Hernandez. A perimeter was established, and additional resources, including the U.S. Marshal's Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Office of the Inspector General, Gun Barrel City Police Department and numerous HCSO units responded along with a TDCJ scent dog team.

As the search for Hernandez  continued, investigators, aided by the Henderson County District Attorney's Office, sought and were granted a search warrant for the premises and the suspect vehicle.

The search warrant was signed by 392nd Judicial District Judge Carter Tarrance, and authorized the search of the residence and vehicles for evidence of the robbery.

At about 2:11 p.m., HCSO Dep. Kyle Pochobradsky advised that he could see a person flailing in the water west of the initial location in the same direction that Hernandez had fled. Hillhouse and Capt. Bryan Tower made contact with guides from who had recently returned from a fishing trip on Cedar Creek Lake.

Hillhouse and Tower were taken out on the water on a guide boat, and were able to apprehend Hernandez from the middle of Cedar Creek Lake. Hernandez and Guill were then transported to the Henderson County Detention Center. 


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