MART, Texas (KWTX) The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search both on land and in the air Tuesday in connection with a carjacking.
(McLennan County Sheriff's Office photo)
Captain Chris Eubank said the incident took place near the Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir at TP&L Park 2.
"We received information that a vehicle had just been stolen from a fisherman there, and that fisherman was actually in another vehicle attempting to chase down his vehicle that had been stolen," said Eubank.
Two juvenile females were arrested soon after deputies were called out, Eubank said, but three other suspects also fled the scene on-foot after bailing out of the stolen vehicles.
That included two males and one female who ran into the fields along FM 939.
Deputies focused their search near the intersection of Big Creek Road.
Around 5pm, 17-year-old Kwame Davis-Lucas and a 15-year-old girl were captured after deputies spotted them in a field, and the final suspect, 23-year-old Kyhrek Holder, was found about two hours later in a field half a mile away after a citizen saw him and called police.
"Maybe 1 or 2 of them are runaways out of the Temple area, so it's a sad situation to see young people this age already involved in criminal activity like this," said Sheriff Parnell McNamara.
According to deputies on scene, the incident started around 2pm when the group of juveniles pulled up to TP&L Park 2 in a red car stolen out of Temple; some of them got out and stole a man's grey car as he was fishing, deputies said.
However, MCSO officials say the victim got into a third vehicle and followed his grey car and the red car, and as he was doing so, shots were fired from within the red car, blowing out it's own windows and hitting their accomplices stolen grey car--authorities believe the shooter(s) was trying to hit the victim.
"Shots were fired from the getaway vehicle and did hit the side of the car they were in," said McNamara. "They were shooting at the individual that was trying to retrieve his car--he was in another car."
The Sheriff says they found two guns in the red vehicle and believe one of them was likely used in the shooting.
In addition to the MCSO's helicopter, blood hounds with the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, a Waco PD tracking dog, county constables, DPS troopers and Texas Game Wardens assisted in the search.
"Look, if you come to McLennan County we're going to catch you, this is just proof today, we all come together--TDC, Waco, Game Wardens," said Eubank. "Don't commit crime in McLennan County, you're going to get caught."
All five suspects are facing charges of aggravated robbery, evading, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and engaging in organized crime, however, the females, ages 13, 14, and 15, will be dealt with in juvenile court.
McNamara says the two male suspects were transported to the McLennan County Jail and will be charged as adults.
"The car they were in was already stolen then they stole another car, so they're facing pretty serious criminal charges at this point," said McNamara. "McLennan County, it's not a good place to bring your stolen car because we're going to chase you, we're going to catch you, we're going to track you down."