The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

August 14, 2011

Grand jury indictments: Elkhart man who fled police custody indicted

By PAUL STONE
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A 36-year-old Elkhart man who eluded authorities for approximately five hours after escaping from custody earlier this year has been indicted on a pair of felony charges by an Anderson County grand jury.

Michael Artheon Veillon Jr., 36, of Elkhart was indicted on July 7 on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault family/house member by impeding breathing or circulation, according to records recently released by the Anderson County district clerk's office.

Veillon was apprehended around 1:45 a.m. on May 14, approximately 1 mile from a residence in the 500 block of CR 2109, west of Elkhart, where he had broken free from the back seat of an Anderson County sheriff's patrol unit about five hours earlier, according to authorities.

More than a dozen dogs provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, including bloodhounds and “pack dogs,” assisted in locating the suspect, in addition to representatives of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, the TDCJ, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Anderson County Precinct 1 Constable Larry Bennett.

On the night of May 13, Anderson County sheriff's deputy Lloyd Giles had responded to the location and placed Veillon under arrest for aggravated assault after the suspect had allegedly hit his girlfriend in the head with a jewelry box, choked her and held a knife to her throat, according to the sheriff.

With the deputy at the front door of the residence, Veillon, who was seated in the back seat of the patrol car with his hands cuffed behind his back, “somehow...got the window down” and escaped from the vehicle, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor told the Herald-Press at the time.

When the deputy returned to the car, the suspect was gone.

“He (Veillon) eluded those dogs for five hours” by “running back and forth and around,” Taylor said. “He was crafty.”

The suspect was ultimately captured without incident when he was discovered hiding near a mobile home approximately 1 mile from where he had escaped, the sheriff said.

Other indictments handed down last month by the grand jury included:



Burglary of a Habitation

Laura Diane Mullins, 35, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 30, 2010.

Joshua Brian Knapp, 19, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 30, 2010.

Richard Doyle Partlow, 18, Palestine, date of alleged offense, May 30, 2010.

Forgery of a Financial Instrument

Albert Howard Johnson, 53, Cedar Hill, date of alleged offense, Jan. 31, 2011.

Burglary of a Building

Laura Diane Mullins, 35, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 27, 2011.

Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

Carolyn Machelle Smith, 37, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 11, 2011.

Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse

Donna Denise Rogers, 42, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 15, 2011.

Possession of a Controlled Substance 3-to-28 Grams

Eddie Darnell Bassett, 34, Houston, date of alleged offense, March 7, 2011.

DWI Third or More

Virginia Ellis, 35, Bonham, date of alleged offense, Sept. 25, 2010.

Assault Family/House Member Impede Breathing/Circuluation

Christopher Cruz, 23, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 27, 2011.

Michael Alexander White, 23, Palestine, date of alleged offense, March 25, 2011.

Richard Wayne Bevan, 29, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 24, 2011.

Escape While Arrested/Confined Felon

Richard Wayne Bevan, 29, Palestine, date of alleged offense, April 24, 2011.

Theft of Property $20,000-to-$100,000

Elva Kimbrough, 71, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 10, 2010.

Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds $20,000-to-$100,000

Elva Kimbrough, 71, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 10, 2010.

Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact

Alan C. Graham, 37, Palestine, date of alleged offense, Sept. 26, 2010.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com