The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 10, 2014

Suspect wanted in Anderson County burglary turns himself in


A third suspect wanted for aggravated robbery at a north county residence turned himself in to authorities Monday, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Justin Edward Shockley, 23, Palestine, is currently in the Anderson County Jail on a $150,000 bond for aggravated robbery.

“We identified him as a third actor last week and got a warrant for his arrest,” Taylor said. “We have been actively pursuing him ever since. He decided to turn himself in instead of us chasing him.”

According to Taylor, at 10:34 a.m. May 30, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 3,000 block of Anderson County Road 430 south of the Montalba community after reports that a homeowner had caught three suspects “in the act” of burglarizing his home.

“The suspects were inside the house when the owner arrived, but ran out of the house and jumped into their vehicle — a Nissan pickup — to flee the residence,” Taylor reported. “The owner approached the suspects and tried to grab the keys when the passenger handed the driver a weapon that he pointed at the owner.

“The owner followed the suspects and called 911,” the sheriff added. “Precinct 2 Constable Doug Lightfoot, DPS Troopers and several deputies assisted with the search for the suspects.”

About 20 minutes after the pursuit/search began, the suspects' vehicle was stopped on Farm Market Road 320 and officers found a small amount of the stolen property in the vehicle. More items were recovered at a suspect's residence.

Two of the three suspects, identified as James Edward Mullinnix III, 20, and James Michael Dugas, 26, were in the vehicle and were arrested at the scene.

Mullinnix has been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary of a building, and Dugas was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated robbery and burglary of a building.

ASCO Investigator Ryan Tolliver is the lead investigator on the case.

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