2 with gang ties being sought for April home burglaries

Published on Thursday, 5 June 2014 11:25 - Written by BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

Two known men with ties to local gangs are being sought for a nighttime burglary while the homeowner slept in the home.

According to a press release from the Smith County Sheriff's Office, on April 24, Tylerites Devonte Darion Hawkins, 19, Brandon Kentrell Ervin, 21, and LaSabien Karone Ford, 17, committed two burglaries in northwestern Smith County.

Detectives with the Smith County Sheriff's Office reported that the first burglary was committed while the homeowner slept.

Ford turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office on May 23; however, Hawkins and Ervin are still being sought.

Both have ties to local street gangs and are linked to several other burglaries where multiple firearms were taken.

Judge Christi Kennedy of the 114th District Court issued two burglary of a habitation warrants for Hawkins and Ervin at $150,000 each.

If you know the whereabouts or see Hawkins or Ervin, please call Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (2833), the Smith County Sheriff's Office at 903-566-6600, or to remain anonymous and report information online, visit smith-county.com/so and click on tip411.