Nacogdoches, Texas (KTRE) — Arrest documents reveal how a Houston man detained in Nacogdoches for an attempted robbery in Lufkin was able to break free and continue his crime spree until Friday Arrested later.
Sardis Donnell Richardson Jr., 26, was arrested in Nacogdoches County and a DPS police car when he slid his handcuffs to the front and then slid off his seat belt, according to an arrest affidavit .
Affidavits from Texas DPS, the Nacogdoches Police Department and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office describe a series of crimes allegedly committed Friday.
About 11:35 a.m., Richardson attempted to rob Cash Now at gunpoint at 107 S. Timberland Drive in Lufkin, according to an affidavit. A security video shows a man jumping over a store counter and attacking a clerk before fleeing.
A security video shows a man jumping over a store counter and attacking a clerk before fleeing.
A DPS report said soldiers were looking for a gray Dodge Charger that had escaped a robbery and headed north. The car was found on South Street in Nacogdoches by an NCSO sergeant about 1.40pm. A DPS officer responded with an affidavit saying the Charger’s license plate did not match the vehicle’s and the driver had no license and was wearing an ankle monitor.
Richardson was then arrested for driving without a license and taken to the Nacogdoches Police Department to answer questions before being released back into the custody of DPS officers. Detective Lufkin searched the Charger with a warrant and reported finding evidence that matched Cash Now’s security video: clothing and an air gun that looked like a Beretta pistol.
Meanwhile, according to the affidavit, Richardson was handcuffed to his back with two pairs of handcuffs and locked in the DPS patrol car with his seatbelt locked, but on-board cameras showed him sliding the handcuffs forward and out to fasten the seatbelt, Jump in the driver’s seat and attempt to steal the SUV. The security lock stopped him from stealing the car, but when police approached, Richardson jumped out, fled on foot, jumped over the high iron fence and disappeared into the bushes west of Old Taylor Road, the report said.
The NPD affidavit described officers using Richardson’s ankle monitors to track his escape, while the DPS affidavit said a border was set up around the area.
Still, Richardson managed to get into a Pearl Street residence, where he stole the keys to a Toyota 4Runner that DPS claimed contained an AR-15.
The NPD report later said officers received a call from a couple shopping at Kroger on North Street who saw their vehicle enter the parking lot with Richardson driving.
Paul Hubbard said he told his wife, “Hey, look, someone took my 4Runner.” That statement was just a joke until he recognized the sticker on the back. Hubbard said he saw Richardson “relaxing and texting on the phone” inside the 4Runner, but when he tried to open the door, Richardson tried to hit him and other cars before driving away.
The Hubbards also said their apartment had been entered, the bedroom had been turned over and drawers had been overturned. Alison Hubbard described how difficult it was to feel safe knowing Richardson was there.
DPS said officers chased Richardson north toward Garrison in a highway chase of more than 100 mph until a spike was deployed that caused him to crash on U.S. Route 59. He again fled on foot into a wooded area, launching a multi-agency manhunt, the NPD said.
Richardson stole another vehicle, a black Hyundai, in the 1700 block of Linn Flat Rd a few miles from the crash site. That caught the attention of Shelby County representatives, who pulled him over to park, according to the NCSO affidavit. Shelby County deputies arrested Richardson after pursuing and deploying a Taser, the DPS report said.
He was then taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail, where he was booked around 11:50 p.m., according to the NCSO. He faces seven felony charges, including unauthorized use of a vehicle, burglary and running away from arrest.
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