Police chase gun-toting teen, catch him in 4 minutes

Published on Friday, 7 March 2014 22:16 - Written by Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

JACKSONVILLE — Police are thankful they did not have to use deadly force when responding to an attempted robbery that had the suspect running through high traffic areas with a gun in his hand Friday morning.

Sgt. Daniel Franklin told the Tyler Morning Telegraph he apprehended the 16-year-old just four minutes after the attempted robbery happened. 

“We got the call at 9:42 a.m., and we had him in custody at 9:46, so just (a) four-minute response time,” he said Friday.

Franklin said the victim told police the teen pointed a gun at her in the 600 block of Austin Street, but her husband, who is a former military member, told the teen he wasn’t getting anything, and he better leave or else.

“I think our suspect was kind of in shock that he stood up and said he wasn’t going to get anything, so he took off running,” he said.

Franklin said as the suspect ran, he had a gun in his left hand and was going behind homes and even running across the intersection of U.S. Highways 69 and 79 where he was eventually captured. 

“When he ran across (U.S.) 79, I exited my vehicle, drew my duty weapon and ordered him to drop the gun and get on the ground,” he said.

Franklin said the teen complied, and he was taken into custody without incident. 

“I’m just glad that he never raised that gun at any of the officers or he might have been shot and this would have a different outcome,” he said.

Franklin said once the teen was in custody and the scene was secured, officers learned the gun was not in working condition, but rather a replica that was not capable of firing. 

“He is lucky that no one shot him,” he said.

Franklin said the 16-year-old is being detained on aggravated attempted robbery and evasion charges.