Terrifying home invasion ends with 2 suspects jailed

HUNT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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HUNT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - It was a terrifying ordeal for an East Texas woman in the middle of the afternoon on Monday as two armed men crash through her front door firing shots and robbing her.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday at a home in a rural area east of Lone Oak in Hunt County near the intersection of FM 1567 and County Road 3221.

"Two males entered the residence armed with a shotgun a long rifle and a machete," said Joe Knight, with the Hunt County Sheriff's Office. " [They] committed an aggravated robbery - shots were fired inside the residence."

Though terrified, the victim got a good look at her attackers, and passed it on.

"The description was a key," said Knight. "We knew exactly who we were looking for."

McLemore was caught a short time later by Hopkins County deputies. But, the victim in the case was so traumatized, the fact that both suspects have been caught did nothing to calm her fears.

"[She was] certainly traumatized by this," said Knight. "You don't think of an event like this happening in a small community in East Texas."

In a strange twist, officers met in Winnsboro looking for one suspect, when Reppond drove right in front of them.

"At the very time he was meeting with Hopkins County deputies the suspect drove up right in front of them...at the very location where he was meeting Hopkins County deputies the suspect drove up just at random," said Knight.

After a short chase down Highway 11, he crashed his pick-up, then was caught has he tried to hide in a local pond.

"He actually had a shotgun in his car which he threw out of the car during the pursuit," said Knight.

For all their trouble, the suspects got a small amount of cash and a cell phone which was recovered upon their arrests.

"Bad guys are in jail , the good guys go home," said Knight.

McLemore remains in the Hunt County Jail while Reppond is being held in the Hopkins County jail both on a $500,000 bond.

Hunt County officers have arrested a third suspect who is believed to have helped the first two escape. That suspect's name has not been released yet.

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