A man accused of several recent aggravated robberies was arraigned late Friday morning in Jacksonville.
In its statement, the Jacksonville Police Department thanked the public for its assistance in the investigation.
The numerous tips received were instrumental in positively linking Lucas to these robberies and ultimately to his capture, according to the statement from police.
His capture and arraignment came after various efforts to locate Lucas, who allegedly was involved in an Oct. 14 robbery at CJ’s Quick Stop, 613A E. Rusk St.; an Oct. 22 robbery at J & J Food Mart, 1512 S. Jackson St. and an Oct. 23 robbery at J & J Food Mart.
Since the robberies, authorities developed information positively linking the 26-year-old to the crimes, Detective Greg Compton said Wednesday.
He said Jacksonville police, with assistance from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Tyler FBI office, were sent to an address in eastern Jacksonville about 6 p.m. Tuesday to capture Lucas.
Lucas apparently found out authorities were approaching and fled on foot, officials said.
Compton has said Lucas was chased into a wooded area across Loop 456, and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was called to check the area from overhead. But after about an hour, the helicopter was unsuccessful in locating him.
In the meantime, Compton has said tracking dogs were brought in and were able to set up a trail from the last point Lucas was seen in the wood line.
Officers eventually located Lucas in an apartment complex in southeastern Jacksonville shortly after midnight Thursday, Compton said in a news release.
He said Jacksonville police, Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Tyler FBI Office surrounded the location, and officers then entered the apartment and found Lucas inside.
Lucas, a convicted felon who was on parole for burglary, was taken into custody without incident.