Tyler police took two people into custody Saturday on felony charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, said Sgt. Adam Colby.
The Tyler Police Department received a 911 call about 3:45 p.m. about a possible robbery of an individual in the 2800 block of Garden Valley Road.
The victim stated that two black males tried to steal his truck and produced a gun when confronted. Both suspects ran toward Boulter Middle School.
Officers quickly responded and spotted one of the suspects behind the school. A brief foot chase followed, and the first suspect was taken into custody. A few minutes later, the second suspect was found hiding under one of the buildings on school property.
The first suspect was identified as Tylon Thomas, 18. The second suspect was found to be a 13-year-old juvenile. The investigation showed that both suspects entered the victim’s dump truck and found a set of keys in the sun visor, Colby said.
They started the vehicle and began to pull away when the victim ran out of his house and confronted the suspects. Both suspects abandoned the vehicle and started to run. The victim believed that one of the suspects was reaching for a gun when he confronted them, but this turned out to be a cellphone.
Thomas was taken to the Smith County Jail and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest. The juvenile was taken to the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.