Local police say they expect to file charges against one other person in connection with Monday’s arrest of a 27-year-old Palestine man who successfully eluded authorities for three months after failing to appear for a punishment hearing.

Robin Eugene Oliver, 27, of Palestine was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. Monday at a residence at 606 S. Fulton St. after authorities received a tip from a confidential informant.

Oliver was one of four local men charged in connection with the Jan. 26, 2004 shooting of Timothy Laban Owens of Oakwood in front of the same house.

On Aug. 4, Oliver, who has previously lived at the same residence, was found guilty of three offenses by an Anderson County jury, including aggravated assault; possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and 5 pounds; and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Oliver was released from the Anderson County Jail on the same day after posting bonds totaling $125,000. His punishment hearing before 349th State District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher was set for Aug. 31.

Oliver initially showed up for his punishment hearing, but was nowhere to be found after it was delayed for 90 minutes.

Oliver is now being held in the Anderson County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $1 million, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Owens was left partially blind as a result of the shooting, but authorities have said one of Oliver’s co-defendants in the case actually fired the shots resulting in the victim’s injuries.

Oliver has been identified as a participant in the assault, however, and culpable under state law, authorities have said.

Palestine police responded to 606 S. Fulton St. shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a tip that Oliver was inside the residence, Palestine Assistant Police Chief Brian Wharton said Tuesday.

“One of our officers received information that Mr. Oliver and a female friend were currently at the residence on Fulton Street,” Wharton said.

Palestine Police Sgt. Dan Mogan and three other officers initially responded to the location and were later joined by seven or eight other officers, including ones representing the Dogwood Trails Narcotics Task Force, according to Wharton.

“They attempted to make contact with the residents, heard movement in the house and a female voice, but no one would come to the door,” Wharton stated.

“We felt confident that based on some of the information and those findings at the home that he was in the home,” the assistant chief added.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, a female left the residence, but Oliver was not with her, according to police.

“Just prior to the warrant being signed, the female exited the rear of the house,” Wharton said. “She denied Mr. Oliver being present, but officers were confident he was there.”

A warrant signed by Anderson County Court-at-Law Judge Jeff Doran was obtained a short time later, and Oliver was eventually found hiding under a couch in the residence’s living room, according to Wharton.

“They (officers) did a room-by-room search,” the assistant chief said. “When they got to that room, they lifted the couch.”

Initially, officers did not see Oliver, but then “observed a gold chain dangling from the couch,” Wharton said.

“He (Oliver) was quickly taken into custody without further incident,” he added.

During their initial search of the residence, officers observed marijuana and a firearm — identified in a police record as a .44-caliber Magnum — in plain view, according to Wharton. Based on these observations, officers obtained a second search warrant to “look for additional drugs and firearms,” he added.

“Marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine were found...and a semi-automatic rifle” commonly referred to as an assault weapon was also located, Wharton said.

An unknown amount of cash was also found, he added.

“Additional charges will be filed as we are able to make them, relative to the narcotics and firearms being in the residence,” Wharton said.

Charges also will likely be filed against the female in the residence who “actively interfered” with Oliver’s apprehension and arrest, Wharton said.

Hindering apprehension is a third-degree felony punishable by two-to-10 years in prison, according to the assistant chief.

Meanwhile, Wharton said Palestine is a safer place with Oliver back in custody.

“It’s a good thing for the community,” said Wharton, referring to Oliver’s arrest. “There may be one or two who disagree.”

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