Mesquite armed robbery suspects apprehended in Sulphur Springs after multi-county car case
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
April 20, 2008 - Two teens were apprehended in Hopkins County in the predawn hours Saturday following a multiple county car chase from Mesquite, where they are suspects in "several aggravated robberies."
Local law enforcement was first contacted at 5:36 a.m. Saturday by Mesquite police, who advised they were chasing aggravated robbery suspects who were at that time at the 101 mile marker on Interstate 30 east quickly heading toward Hopkins County.
Deputies Amanda Lovett, Aaron Hanna and Christ Rich, and Cpl. Daniel Winn began heading toward the area of the interstate, along with all other available local officers, to lend assistance as needed. Mesquite police followed the Isuzu Rodeo, which they reported had fled from them following several aggravated robberies in the Mesquite area. As the pursuit neared State Highway 19 south, the Rodeo slowed to 10 miles per hour and the two men jumped out.
Officers converged in the area and gave chase on foot. The pair was quickly apprehended at the 122 mile marker on I-30. Suspects Dinzal Darrell Weathers and Christopher Aaron Torres, both 17 and of Mesquite, were take to Hopkins County jail shortly before 6 a.m. Mesquite Police Department officers charged them with one count of aggravated robbery each. They were arraigned by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Yvonne King and released to Mesquite police by 6:30 a.m., according to sheriff's reports.
Deputy Hanna, just prior to the pursuit, made a drug arrest and seized $3,675 following an unrelated traffic stop on State Highway 19 north at FM 1537.
He stopped a mini van driven by a 66-year-old Houston man for speeding. Hanna noted the man to be excessively nervous and to stammer when asked about his travel itinerary. The man agreed to let the deputy search his vehicle.
Hanna found hydrocodone pills in a prescription bottle with the driver's name on it, but noted the prescription was for a different drug. Three hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes were found in a jacket in the passenger's seat, and the cash found in an envelop in the sun visor. The Houston man was arrested at 4:45 a.m. for possession of a controlled substance and marijuana.