Belton: Fugitive found living in old Central Texas fire station
Herbert Brandon Taylor, 24, who was wanted on a sexual assault of a child charge out of Switzerland County, Ind., was held without bond Wednesday in the Bell County Jail after authorities found him living in the building that used to house the Stillhouse Volunteer Fire Department.
Deputies from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Interdiction Division, along with officers from the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested Taylor at around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Assistant Chief Deputy Maj. T.J. Cruz said Wednesday.\
“Taylor was attempting to revitalize the old Stillhouse Volunteer Fire Department by soliciting donations and by collecting funds from a GoFundMe page,” Cruz said.
“An investigation is still ongoing into the validity of Taylor’s actions involving the acceptance of donations,” Cruz said.
Martin Lewis says he agreed to serve as acting chief after Taylor asked him to get involved in an effort to revive the department.
“I set up a GoFundMe page and there was $200 donated to (it),” Lewis said Wednesday.
“(Taylor’s) grandmother and grandfather donated the first $100 and then I donated the second $100 toward the station,” he said.
“That’s all the money that was put into the GoFundMe (account) and it’s still sitting there,” Lewis said.
Taylor is no longer involved in the attempt to revive the department, Lewis said.