WACO (August 12, 2014) Terrell Adam Schnaufer, 32, pleaded guilty Monday in 54th District Court rather than go to trial for a series of charges he racked up during a day-long crime spree in 2012.
Schnaufer pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, eluding police in a vehicle and spitting on an officer after he was arrested.
Judge Matt Johnson set sentencing for Schnaufer on October 7 after Schnaufer entered his plea without the benefit of a plea bargain.
Schnaufer was indicted November 29, 2012 on two counts of robbery, burglary of a habitation, harassment of a public servant and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The two robbery counts filed by Woodway police were not part of the plea.
At a competency hearing in 2013 Schnaufer was determined to be incompetent to stand trial and sent to a state mental hospital for treatment.
In July 2013 doctors at the Austin State Hospital determined Schnaufer was competent and had him returned to the McLennan County Jail where he has remained held without bond.
Schnaufer was arrested October 13, 2012 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.
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 a 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 had 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.