Police obtain search warrant after wanted man refuses to come out of house
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

July 21, 2006 -- What should have been a simple arrest of a local man wanted on three felony warrants out of Grayson County ended Thursday evening with the execution of a search warrant when police attempts to get the man to come out of a house failed.

 Johnny Curtis Sampson, 26, of Sulphur Springs remained in Hopkins County jail Friday morning on three violation of probation warrants related to burglary of a habitation, criminal mischief and forgery charges. He was being held for Grayson County authorities.

Police went to a residence in the 700 block of Lee Street after obtaining information Thursday that Sampson, known to be wanted, was at the location. 

Patrol officer Mike Morgan went to the house, where he heard a man he believed to be the suspect inside the residence talking. Sgt. Detectives David Gilmore and Bo Fox, and all available patrol officers arrived as backup soon thereafter, surrounding the house. 

When the man failed to acknowledge officers' attempts to get him to come out, he was contacted on his cell phone, speaking with at least two different officers.

"He tried to tell us he was talking on his phone from another location, not in the house," Detective Sgt. David Gilmore said. 

When continued attempts to get the man to come out failed, police contacted District Attorney's Investigator Jim Wright. He helped secure a search warrant signed by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King allowing authorities to enter the residence. after officers entered, Sampson he was seen coming out of the bathroom. He was taken into custody and arrested by Gilmore and Morgan on the three warrants.

He remained in the county jail Friday moring, awaiting transport by Grayson County authorities.

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