Category: 2018

2 men jailed for kidnapping

Frightening incident tied to murder of Onalaska woman

By Valerie Reddell

WOODVILLE — Two men were arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapped charges Sunday for their alleged role in “tying up loose ends” in the aftermath of a brutal murder in Hillister.

An alert motorist called the Tyler County Sheriff’s office at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 as she drove on FM 1943 near Fred.

The caller said she saw the door of a passenger car driving in front of her open and a female passenger attempt to exit the moving vehicle. The caller reported that the occupants of the vehicle were engaged in an altercation.

The car eventually came to a stop on the shoulder of the highway and the caller stopped also.

The female passenger exited from the car and ran toward the caller’s vehicle.

As she entered the car, she screamed “they are trying to kill me,” according to a statement released Wednesday by Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

The victim told deputies that two men who were known to her picked her up at her home in Warren, in what started as a friendly encounter.

“As they traveled down FM 1943 toward Fred, the men told the victim they were working on behalf of Christopher Paulette, and they were ‘tying up loose ends’,” Weatherford said.

Deputies obtained arrest warrants for Wesley Harris, 21, of Corrigan and Colton McInnis, 19, of Silsbee for aggravated kidnapping.

ATF agents later located the suspect’s unoccupied vehicle and additional evidence, reports show.

Harris and McInnis were arrested Dec. 30. Judge Milton Powers set bond for both men at $500,000 each. They remain in custody at the Tyler County Jail.

Christopher Paulette remains in the Tyler County Jail in connection with a capital murder charge filed Dec. 21. Bond has been denied.

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

 

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Bank robber nabbed during cab ride to liquor store

LIVINGSTON — A local man is in custody after reportedly walking into First National Bank’s downtown location at 11:36 a.m. Monday and passing a note to a teller demanding money.

Thomas Stewart Holcomb, 34, of Livingston was being booked into the Polk County Jail Monday after the robbery and attempting what was described as a unique getaway.

Escapee captured near Trinity

Bobby Wood, the inmate who escaped from the Houston County Jail nine

days ago, was captured near Trinity shortly before midnight last night.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said he received a call Friday afternoon from two men who were approached by a man who exited the woods and asked for water.

Wallace and a game warden interviewed the two men and they identified the man as Woods from a photo.

“I called everybody I could — we got the Houston County Sheriff’s Office down here, a DPS helicopter in the air, and the TDCJ search dogs out here,” Wallace said.

The dogs picked up his trail a couple times, Wallace said. But Woods had experience as a handler for search dogs when he was serving a prior prison sentence.

“He knew how to play the dogs and run them in circles, Wallace said.

The sheriff called out firefighters and others to establish a perimeter around the area where Woods had been hiding.

After dark and when temperatures had cooled down, searchers were able to use night vision equipment to spot Woods and direct officers to him.

Wallace posted a short video interview with Woods on Facebook after he was taken into custody. https://www.facebook.com/TrinityCountySheriff/videos/323337141559163/

“He had bites from about every kind of insect we have in East Texas,” Wallace said. “He had been drinking out of livestock tanks and other water sources, but he said he hadn’t eaten anything.”

In the video clip, one of the officers asked Woods how he was feeling.

“I’m a little tired,” Woods said.

The escapee was placed in an ambulance and returned to the Houdton County Jail, Wallace said.