LCSO assists U.S. Marshal’s Office in apprehending suspects

Jeff Coulter with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Office of Inspector General leads a handcuffed Darrel James Martin away from his residence.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office assisted Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Marshal’s Office with executing a search warrant in the Mauriceville area on Thursday, Oct. 25, according to a report from Sheriff Bobby Rader.

The suspect, Douglas Joseph Schwartz, 53, was not home at the time the warrant was executed. Inside Schwartz’s home, the task force reportedly found electronic devices that contained child pornography.

“The suspect was called by a neighbor and advised that law enforcement was at his residence,” Rader wrote. “The suspect then turned his cell phone off. The suspect was later found deceased in the Neches River.”

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Office Task Force in apprehending suspects in Orange County last Friday.

The following day, LCSO assisted the task force with the apprehension of Darrel James Martin, 44. After forced entry into Martin’s residence, the task force members found him hiding inside a clothes dryer that was closed and full of clothes.

He was arrested for felony theft, evading with a previous conviction, and a parole warrant.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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