Palestine officers arrest man after burglaries

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 at 8:58 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 13, 2015 at 8:59 PM CST
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PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Palestine police have arrested a man accused in multiple burglaries.

About 11:15 p.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm in the 500 block of Hodges. When they arrived an officer found a male, identified as 21-year-old Johnny Sanchez, of Palestine, rummaging through vehicles in the attached garage at the residence.

As Sanchez was being placed under arrest, he began to resist, injuring the officer, and fled away from the residence. He was overtaken in the 600 block of Newman Street, where he was restrained and transported to Anderson County Jail.

During the arrest, the PPD said Sanchez threatened officers' lives for arresting him.

After an investigation, it was reported that Sanchez entered and damaged three vehicles, in addition to entering and damaging a garage apartment.

Sanchez was charged with Burglary of Habitation, Assault on Public Servant, Resist Arrest/Search/Transport, Evading Arrest/Detention with Previous Conviction, and Obstruction / Retaliation. He is being held on $400,000 bond.

Additional charges may be filed in relation to this case.

"Officer (Kaylyn) Griffin reported some minor injuries during Sanchez's resistance and assault during the arrest, however, she did not need medical attention," said Lt. Jeff Powell. "She and the other officers did a great job in this case, and I'm happy to have this guy off the streets."

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