ROSEBUD, Texas (KWTX) One suspect remains at-large while his three juvenile accomplices are spending their Spring Breaks in the Limestone County Juvenile Detention Center following a multi-agency search in Rosebud Friday, authorities say.
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The at-large suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 17-20 years old, about 5'7 with a slim build, and he was wearing a brown jacket and light-colored jeans at the time he was running from Rosebud PD.
Authorities say the unknown suspect was driving a van with three Waco juveniles inside - ages 14, 15, and 16 - who were found near a park on Avenue E. by a Falls County Sheriff's Deputy.
Police said one of the juveniles admitted the four were in the van together, while the others allegedly gave them 'the run around.'
As a result, bloodhounds from the Hobby Unit were called in and connected the teens to the crime through tracing a jacket, cigarettes, and a Reebok footprint in the mud, authorities say.
"The dogs were paramount," said Sheriff Ricky Scaman.
In addition, one of the juvenile suspects didn't have shoes on when he was caught.
"One of the ones who ran, ran out of their shoes I guess, and there was a couple flip-flops, some Nike, blue flip-flop sandals: one was over there by the tree, and one was over here by the one van," said Rosebud Patrol Officer Terry Kimble.
Kimble tried to pull the van over for reckless driving before 5 p.m.
The two-to-three block chase that ensued ended when the van crashed into a tree and then was ditched in front of a home on Main Street and N Military.
Kimble went after the driver on-foot and didn't see the three others inside the van who later fled.
Authorities including Rosebud PD, the Falls County Sheriff's Office, Marlin PD, DPS, Lott PD, Game Wardens, and tracking dogs from the TDCJ Hobby Unit were involved in the search to track them all down.
"It was just a good effort by everybody," said Kimble.
After capturing three of the four, crews called of the search for the night and asked residents to remain alert and report anything suspicious.
"Don't run from the police because you'll eventually get caught," said Kimble.
The three teens face possible charges including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading, but other charges related to the stolen vehicle could be added.
The Waco teens, who were on Spring Break, told authorities they'd been in trouble before, according to Scaman.