Man who fled from traffic stop last week caught
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
June 23, 2008 - A Bogata man who fled from state troopers during a traffic stop last week in Yantis was apprehended Monday morning by Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit officers, Sulphur Springs Police investigators and a patrolman.
Around 9 a.m. Monday, SCU investigators received a tip from a local citizen that a man wanted on felony charges in Bowie and other counties was hiding in an unoccupied apartment on East Industrial Drive.
SCU Lt. Ron Plaxco and Sgts. Tony Crouse, Harold McClure and Brad Strawn, along with Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner, Investigator Monty Tipps and patrol officer Ronny Doss, went to the location, where the man had barricaded himself inside the unoccupied apartment.
Officers were unable to get the man to open the door and had to force it open to get into the apartment. The suspect, upon seeing the investigators inside, ran to the back of the second story apartment and attempted to climb out the window. Plaxco, Tipps and Doss, however, were waiting below the window with their guns drawn, and ordered him back in the apartment, where he was taken into custody.
The man was identified as Charles F. Landers, 21, of Bogata, who last week was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Paul Noble in the Yantis area of Wood County. During the traffic stop, Landers exited the vehicle and fled on foot, leaving his two children in the vehicle as he ran, Plaxco said.
Landers was charged on Wood County warrants for evading arrest, child abandonment or endangerment, driving while license invalid, expired license plate and fictitious tags. He also is wanted in Bowie County on a felony violation of probation warrant related to a burglary charge, and in Red River County for possession of a controlled substance and driving while license invalid. He was being held at Hopkins County jail at lunchtime on the charges, according to arrest reports.
SCU officers noted that Landers is also connected to another case in Hopkins County, which investigators said is still under investigation. However, additional charges pertaining to that case are possible in the near future.