Victim pistol-whipped, suspect on the run

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GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A suspect is still on the loose after a home invasion in Gregg County Friday morning, where the victim was pistol-whipped. It happened around 9am at a home in the 4600 block of Highway 259, north of Longview.

Officers were quickly on the scene of Melton's Storage after a call to 9-1-1.

"Part of the home is set up as a business and part of it is a private residence it backs up to neighborhoods," said Sheriff Maxey Cerliano. "A demand was made for money he was then beaten with a weapon."

Investigators say homeowner Sonny Melton was hit in the head and upper body with a gun that was in the business. We're told the suspect was also armed with a 9 millimeter handgun.

The object of the home invasion was money, and Melton evidently was not going without a fight. He was assaulted and apparently pistol whipped by the suspect.

"I've known Sonny for probably 30 years and he's just a super guy," said Doyle Brogan, a neighbor. "I hope and pray he's not hurt."

"Obviously, he committed a violent crime he injured the owner in a demand for money," said Cerliano.

Whoever this crook is he went away empty handed, and witnesses say they saw the suspect running through the neighborhood, and police were quick get bystanders indoors while the search continued.

The suspect jumped a back fence and fled. K-9 units were brought in to pick up the trail.

"We believe him to still be armed," said Cerliano.

"While we still have a dog on the ground, it appears at this point the suspect is not in the perimeter," said Cerliano.

So the search continues as Sonny Melton recovers from the attack.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5' 10" tall. He is wearing an orange hoodie and black pants. Anyone with information one the suspect is asked to call the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.

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