Reward offered for fugitive

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Timothy Drew Ponkonin surrendered himself to law enforcement this morning. 

By Valerie Reddell

LIVINGSTON — Polk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the apprehension of fugitive Timothy Ponkonin of Livingston.

At about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, Polk County deputies responded to reports of a disturbance at a home on Spring Creek Loop involving Ponkonin, who already had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to Sheriff Kenneth Hammack.

When patrol deputies arrived at the home, Ponkonin had fled and deputies began to patrol areas where the man was known to frequent.

They later located him in the Scenic Loop area, where a deputy tried to apprehend him. Ponkonin fled the scene.

A pursuit ensued on FM 3277 and FM 3126 where Ponkonin wrecked his vehicle into the entrance of Lake Livingston Village.

Narcotics deputies and the K9 unit searched the area they were unable to apprehend the fugitive.

Deputies returned to Ponkonin’s residence at 304 Stevens Lane where they saw several people gathered.

When officers drove past the home, those people chose to leave the home, traveling at a high rate of speed.

A fleeing vehicle was stopped near the intersection of FM 3126 and FM 3277. That vehicle displayed a forged paper license plate and occupants gave deputies a forged Texas driver’s license, according to Hammack’s statement.

The driver was identified as Joseph Paul Lawry, he was accompanied by Tracey Lynn Kueck. Kueck had a parole warrant outstanding from New Mexico.

As deputies searched the vehicle, they found a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana. They also recovered a stolen pistol, a prohibited weapon and a computer and stereo system that had been reported stolen.

The suspects also had multiple identification cards at the time of their arrest. They had Social Security cards and checks that belong to other people.

Both Lawry and Kueck were charged with manufacturing and/or delivering of a controlled substance. Since the serial numbers had been filed off the pistol, they were charged with tampering with identification numbers as well as unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Other charges include: tampering with a governmental record (a Texas driver’s license and Texas license plate); failure to identify a fugitive from justice; possession of prohibited weapons; fraudulent use and/or possession of identifying information.

Lawry also is being held for the outstanding parole warrant.

With the evidence from this traffic stop, investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence at 304 Stevens Lane.

At that location, they made contact with Jon Paul Glass and Larry Wynn Debose, both of whom were found to be in in possession of methamphetamine. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

If you have any information as to the whereabout of Timothy Ponkonin, contact Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP or the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.


Contact Valerie Reddell by email at or call (936) 327-4357, Ext. 1013.