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Local Man Arrested After Crime Spree, Chase Indicted On Multiple Counts

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Terrell Schnaufer (Jail photo)

Terrell Schnaufer (Jail photo)

WACO (November 29, 2012)—A Robinson man was indicted Wednesday on a list of charges that stemmed from a crime spree that started with a residential burglary and ended with a car chase in a stolen vehicle.

Terrell Schnaufer, 30, of Robinson, was named Wednesday in indictments charging two counts of robbery, burglary of a habitation, harassment of a public servant and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Schnaufer was arrested October 13 after a high-speed chase in connection with a home invasion and attempted rape in Waco and a carjacking and an attempted carjacking in Woodway.

He remained Thursday in the McLennan County Jail where he was ordered held on bonds totaling $547,500.

The home invasion was reported at around 12:20 p.m. October 13 at a residence on Fishpond Road.

The victim, a woman in her 80s, reported that the man, whom she described as tall, thin and tattooed, forced his way into her house and tried to pull down her pants.

He fled when she activated her life alert alarm, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

He evidently ran from the house on Fishpond to a church near the intersection of Sanger and Londonderry Drive where he attempted unsuccessfully to steal one vehicle and then stole the pickup, Swanton said.

Police received a call at around 12:50 p.m. October 13 from the woman, who reported that the man forced her out of her Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck in the parking lot of Crestview Church of Christ at 7129 Delhi Rd.

Debbie Mauk, 50, said she was parked under a tree eating lunch when the man ran up, ordered her out of the truck and then grabbed her arm and pulled her from the vehicle.

She started to fight back, but the man told her to stop and not to resist.

Mauk said she feared for her life, but said she was most upset that the man was taking the truck, which belonged to her father-in-law who recently died.

The man sped off, but the resident whose vehicle the man tried unsuccessfully to steal witnessed the carjacking, followed the stolen truck, called 911 and remained on the phone with the dispatcher as Woodway police and U.S. Marshals gave chase at speeds up to 100 miles an hour.

McGregor police were waiting and Woodway officers pulled the pickup over near Smead Manufacturing along Highway 84 and took the man into custody.

Reports indicated the man was belligerent and combative, spit in the face of an officer, and might have been under the influence of the designer drug bath salts, whose effects are similar to those of amphetamine.

Officers took him to Providence Health Center for evaluation.

(John Carroll contributed to this story)


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