On Wednesday June 4, 2014 at approximately 2:15 p.m., Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was notified of a property owner who was following two suspects that he caught on his property stealing engine parts from his garage.
The property owner was following the suspects on Highway 21 between Alto and Nacogdoches. The suspects pulled over at the intersection of Highway 21 and County Road 2610 (about 1.5 miles east of Alto), where they exited their truck and approached the garage owner's vehicle. They told him that they would take the parts back if he didn't call law enforcement. When he told the suspects he had already called, the suspects ran down the road and into the woods, leaving their vehicle and stolen property behind.
Alto police officers were the first on scene and advised responding sheriff's deputies of the suspects' descriptions and where they were last seen running into the woods.
Upon the arrival of deputies and investigators, a search perimeter was set up in the area. About 15 minutes into the search, one of the suspects stepped out of the wood line on County Road 2610 to flag down a passing vehicle. That vehicle was one of the unmarked investigators' vehicles. The investigator pulled over, and when he exited his vehicle, the suspect turned to flee, but instead gave up and was placed into custody without incident.
The second suspect was located within 20 minutes and was also taken into custody without incident.
Michael Heath Emmons (25 years old from Henderson) and Ricky Lee Schakosky (28 years old from Nacogdoches) were booked into the Cherokee County Jail on charges of burglary of a building, a state jail felony.
Bonds were set at $4,000 for each suspect, who were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Pct 3 Judge Grimes today. Other charges may be filed, pending the outcome of the investigation.