Citizen sees robbery taking place, police make arrest

Released by the Tyler Police Department:

TYLER, TX - On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. Tyler Police was contacted by a concerned citizen in reference to a burglary of a residence that he was observing in the 3100 block of Baldwin Street. The suspects broke out the bedroom window at the rear of the residence and gained entry. The suspects then removed a large flat screen TV, Play Station player, over twenty Play Station games, digital camera and assorted items. The witness gave a detailed description of the suspect vehicle that was parked in an alley behind the residence, but the suspect vehicle left the area before officers could arrive on the scene.

Officer Bart Lemons spotted the suspect vehicle traveling east on Van Hwy. occupied by several Hispanic juveniles. Officer Lemons pulled the vehicle over at Garden Valley and Charlotte where the suspects fled on foot through the neighborhood. Officer Larry Christian was injured during the foot pursuit of the suspects when his hand was cut from the top of a fence. The driver of the suspect vehicle was detained at the scene and was identified as a Hispanic 14 year-old male. Officers located the stolen property from the residence on Baldwin Street in the bed of the pick-up.

Investigators were called to the scene to follow-up on the investigation and identity of all suspects that fled from the vehicle. Investigators are also looking into the possible involvement of these suspects related to other burglaries in the immediate area.