On Thursday, December 20, 2018, at approximately 09:10 am, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to suspicious activity at a residence located in the 7500 block of FM 141. The witness stated he saw individuals carrying property from the residence and when the individuals noticed the witness watching the dropped the items and fled the scene in a white Dodge Charger. Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy David Jessup observed the Charger traveling south on FM 141 towards Giddings. When Deputy Jessup attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver refused to pull over and led the Deputy on a small pursuit. The driver of the Charger pulled over on FM 141 at CR 116 and four of the suspects were taken into custody. The fifth suspect fled on foot. With the assistance of the Giddings Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, The Texas Department of Public Safety Helicopter, and a Fayette County Canine Unit, an exhaustive search was conducted for the fifth suspect which was unsuccessful. The fifth suspect is described as a black male, late 20’s to early 30’s wearing camouflage. When Deputies returned to the residence, it was discovered the five suspects were in the process of burglarizing the home when the witness spooked them. Approximately $2,000 in stolen items were recovered from the Charger. The suspects ransacked the home and caused damage to the interior. At this time, we do not have a monetary estimate on the damages to the home.
The four suspects arrested are:
Terrance Johnson, 25, of Houston
Shane Johnson, 29, of Katy
Darris Boone, 27, of Richmond
Kurt Shepard, 36, of Dime Box
Anyone with information in reference to the 5th suspect is urged to contact Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-930-TIPS. If this information leads to the arrest of the suspect you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.
The investigation is on-going, and as there is no honor among thieves, we expect to discover the identity of the 5th suspect and make an arrest.
On September 6, 2018 at approx. 6:30PM, the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to Tex-Villa Apartments located at 1105 Westwood Lane in Giddings for a fight in progress. Prior to the officers' arrival, one victim had been taken by personal vehicle to St. Mark's Hospital in La Grange. The victim identified as Cameron Charles Williams of Weimar was pronounced dead at the hospital. This is an ongoing investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers.
On August 21, 2018 at approx. 9:00AM, an inmate from the Lee County Jail escaped custody. Inmate Brandon Viator was being escorted to District Court with other inmates when he was able to remove one of his leg shackles and took off running. A witness saw Viator get into a white Toyota Tacoma that went north on Burleson Street towards Hwy 290. Officers were searching the area when the vehicle was spotted in Paige, where the pursuit began. The inmate dropped off a female subject at a convenience store in Paige. The female was later identified as Madge Viator, mother of the escapee and owner of the vehicle.
The pursuit reached up to 105 MPH and ended in Bastrop County at Hwy 21 and Hwy 95. Before Viator was taken into custody, he had exited the vehicle carrying a 357 lever action rifle that was in a gun case in the vehicle. Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit. No injuries were reported.
Viator, 46 of Giddings, will be charged with Escape. The charge will be added to his current charges of Violation of Probation/Unlawful Possession Firearm by Felon and Probation Violation Felony/Deadly Conduct. Madge Viator, 66 of Giddings, will be charged with Permit Facilitate Escape. Both are in custody at the Lee County Jail.
***EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 20, 2018***
On January 25, 2018, Lee County Sheriff Deputies were informed of fraudulent charges on citizens’ debit card accounts. Investigation revealed that the debit cards were used at Walch Store in Lincoln, TX at the gas pumps. Deputies went to Walch Store where they found and recovered three debit card skimmers. It is unknown how long the skimmers were on the gas pumps. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn customers that have used their debit cards at the gas pumps at Walch Store to pay close attention to their statements because their information might have been compromised.