Released by Chief Jay Burch with Mount Pleasant Police Department:
On June 26 about 6:40 p.m., MPPD officers were dispatched to 2311 S. Jefferson, the WalMart, reference a robbery that had just occurred in the parking lot. Reports said that a subject allegedly stole a purse from an 88-year old female, who was knocked to the ground during the offense. Several witnesses were able to give police a good description and upon investigation, it was learned there was a second person involved in the robbery.
One suspect was quickly located and detained by police while other officers looked for the second suspect who was seen in a vehicle shortly after officers arrived at the scene. Sgt. Todd Smith and Sr. Ofcr. Eric Campbell (Campbell responded off duty) soon spotted the vehicle. Sgt. Smith attempted to make an investigative stop on it but the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit headed east on Tennison Road and after a short time, the suspect drove down a dirt road where he wrecked his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Sgt. Smith pursued the suspect on foot and was later assisted by K-9 Officer Kevin Bisnette and K-9 Vox. The suspect was soon apprehended and taken into custody.
DAYTON HARGETT, 21, and THOMAS SNYDER, 21, both of Hughes Springs, were arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery, a 1st degree felony. If convicted, both subjects face up to 99 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000. SNYDER was also charged with felony Evading Arrest/Detention with Vehicle, misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, and felony Possession of a Controlled Substance after alleged contraband was found in his vehicle. Both subjects were transported to the Titus County jail where they await arraignment.
The arrest of these two subjects was the result of great cooperation between the public and police. Witnesses on the scene, some of whom gave chase to one of the suspects, gave police excellent descriptions to officers who had responded quickly to the call. The officers on scene, which included officers off-duty, did an excellent job of gathering the information and locating suspects thanks to the help of the witnesses. This cooperative effort resulted in the quick apprehension of the suspects and recovery of all the stolen property.