PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man who was staring down a gun, allegedly held by a suspected armed robber and arsonist, helped police with his arrest.
Steven Schade is charged with an alleged crime spree in Pittsburg that started late Tuesday night, and included two robberies. He's also accused of setting fire to Pittsburg ISD school property and was caught after a late-night manhunt.
"Responded to a report of an aggravated robbery in the 400 block of South Greer Street, while responding to that call our officers received a second separate report of a second aggravated robbery," says Pittsburg Police Chief Richard Penn.
Two robberies in one small town, just minutes apart. Pittsburg Police say Schade, 45, pulled the robberies then allegedly set fire to an intermediate school storage building.
One of the robbery victims, Jonathan Furr, says he thought briefly of disarming Schade.
"He come running in with a damn gun, if he'd have moved his eyes to the right or left I'd have took that gun from him and whooped him like no tomorrow. If I make one mistake, games over," Furr said.
Schade was caught by officers, with the help of Furr, who followed him.
"I chased him down by the feed store then I was on the phone with 911, and I'm telling them come right here, he just jumped this fence. Stealing from people that is wrong. People like that need to be locked up and throw the damn key away," says Furr.
No one was injured during the robberies or the fire. Schade was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of arson.
Schade is being held in the Camp County Jail on $250,000 bond. A records check shows that he also had arrest warrants out in Colorado and Utah.