Police pull robbery suspect out of East Texas lake

Published: Jul. 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM CDT
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Erika Jo Guill (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Erika Jo Guill (Source: Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A robbery in Henderson County led police on a manhunt that ended when police pulled one of the suspects out of Cedar Creek Lake.

Henderson County sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery at a gaming establishment off of Highway 175 near Eustace around 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning. An employee told deputies that he had been robbed by a man and a woman, who fled the business with cash.

Deputies identified the suspects as Manuel Hermino Hernandez and Erika Jo Guill, both of Gun Barrel City.

On Thursday morning, a Henderson County deputy spotted the suspects' vehicle, a white Chrysler Town and Country minivan, at an address in the Bonita Point subdivision of Henderson County. Investigators and deputies responded to the scene and were able to arrest Guill without incident inside a residence. Hernandez jumped through a window and fled on foot, while several officers gave chase.

Police established a perimeter and officers from several agencies joined in the search. Just after 2 p.m., a person was seen flailing in Cedar Creek Lake near the residence. Police borrowed a boat from a local fishing guide service and were able to apprehend Hernandez from the water.

Hernandez and Guill were transported to the Henderson County Detention Center. Guill is charged with robbery, while Hernandez is charged with evading arrest, robbery, a parole violation warrant and an outstanding warrant for manufacture of a controlled substance from Dallas. No bonds have been set.

The US Marshal's Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Office of the Inspector General, Gun Barrel City police and a Texas Department of Criminal Justice scent dog team assisted in the search.

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