Arrests made in two unrelated pursuits

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Dec 23, 2007 - Two men were jailed on unrelated charges following two pursuits in southeastern Hopkins County Friday afternoon, a Pickton man for burglary and endangering a child and a Como man on an outstanding warrant. Deputies are seeking warrants against a third man, the second suspect in the Pickton burglary.

Thomas Robert Mays, 38, of Pickton was arrested for burglary of a building and child endangerment at 1:39 p.m. Friday in Pickton. Charles Roy Wilkins, 29, of Como was arrested in the pasture north of his State Highway 11 east residence at 4 p.m. on a warrant for violation of probation  — possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies first became involved with Mays and another suspect after receiving a call from a County Road 2387 property owner reporting a burglary in progress. The pair of suspects were reported to fled in a 1980s model dark blue pickup. The complainant was chasing the truck. 

Deputy Tanner Crump was in the area and quickly arrived, noting the suspects direction of travel. Other deputies including Gary McLarry and Sgt. Glynda Chester also soon arrived to assist by surrounding the area and blocking the truck  in. 

Mays was caught as he ran from the vehicle. A second man escaped. The pair was noted to have been throwing out metal they had reportedly taken from the property as they fled, scattering it about the area, according to Investigator Lewis Tatum.

As investigators were checking the truck prior to impounding it, they noted there to be a small child in a car seat. Mays was taken to jail with no further resistance for burglary of a building and child endangerment. 

With the second man still unaccounted for, investigators went to a State Highway 11 east residence to make contact with a man known to associate with Mays. As investigators pulled up to the residence, the man’s girlfriend drove up and reported that she had not seen the resident in about a week.

A who was traveling with the investigator but who had remained in the truck called out to Tatum that a man, thought to be the man he was hoping to speak to, was running from the property. Tatum ran to his truck, drove it up the road until he was ahead of the man, cutting him off. Then he pursued the man on foot, ordering him to stop. Sheriff’s deputies and Como police also responded to the location upon learning of the pursuit.

Charles Roy Wilkins, 29, reportedly indicated he had run not for any connection to the Pickton burglary, but because he knew he had an outstanding violation of probation charge. He was taken in custody, transported to jail by deputy McLarry and booked on the warrant.

Tatum said sheriff’s officers will pursue warrants for the second burglary suspect for burglary of a building and endangering a child.

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