Area Constable Captures Man After Vehicle Alarm Sounds

David Lee Welch (Jail photo)

TEMPLE (August 29, 2014) Thanks to a call from his next-door neighbor, Bell County Constable Thomas Prado was able to catch a man who evidently tried to break into his vehicle.

Prado and Temple police officers arrested David Lee Welch, 32, of Lampasas and recovered a loaded 9-mm semi-automatic pistol, the constable said.

Welch was in the Bell County Jail Friday charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, a class-A misdemeanor.

His bond was set at $2,500.

Prado received a call at around 3 a.m. from his neighbor who told him the vehicle’s alarm was had gone off.

He says he got his firearm and went outside to investigate.

He said he learned from his neighbor, whom he didn’t identify, that a man wearing a black cap was standing in the backyard of the neighbor’s home.

The man ran when the neighbor confronted him, Prado said.

The neighbor’s wife called 911 while the neighbor called Prado, who got in his patrol car and started looking for the man, whom he found hiding between shrubbery and the building at a nearby retirement center.

The pistol was found lying on the ground nearby.

In a press release, Prado said the suspect picked the wrong neighborhood.

“I have two patrol cars parked outside that are clearly marked.,” he said.

“Maybe he needs glasses,” he said.