Overnight manhunt ends in suspect’s capture

Dayton police officers responded to the 1100 block of Waco St. at 6:22 p. M. Friday for reports of a male in a backyard with a gun. Officers arrived on the scene and learned that the suspect was walking around the backyard.

The complainant reported that while they were sitting outside, they observed the suspect park his vehicle, a black Chrysler 300 in the yard and get out. The complainant stated that the suspect reportedly grabbed an assault rifle long gun and a pistol, and begin walking through backyards. 

As the suspect passed the complainant, he stated that he was going to kill someone in a white passenger car before the night was over. The suspect continued walking south until he reached an empty lot on the corner of Waco St. and Edgar St., then walked back to his vehicle, where he stood waving the gun around and pointing it at the complainant. He then took the guns inside the complainant’s house. 

Responding officers observed the suspect in the house and were advised that the suspect was in possession of an assault rifle-style long gun. The suspect allegedly is a convicted felon with a history of narcotics use and violence towards law enforcement.

An arrest warrant on the suspect for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon was issued and a search warrant signed by 253rd District Court Judge Chap Cain III was secured for the residents at 1111 Waco to locate any weapons the suspect was viewed to have in his possession during the incident.

Liberty County Special Response Team (LCSRT) was contacted to assist in executing the arrest warrant and deployed gas into the residence. Upon entering, they were unable to locate the suspect.  Police continued to search for him after receiving tips of his presence at a home in the 400 block of Larson, however, the suspect had left that location as well. 

On Saturday, Oct. 19, a patrol officer observed the suspect walking along FM 1960. Officers confronted the suspect, who appeared to be carrying something the shape of a long gun, wrapped in a towel. When officers attempted to make contact, the suspect ran into a thickly wooded area. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was contacted for assistance, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

 The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) was also notified and came to the location to track the suspect with their K-9. LCSRT was reactivated for their specialized skills in extraction. 

At approximately 9:06 a.m., the suspect was reported in the area of Dalhart Street. Officers arrived and observed the suspect attempting to flee with a weapon in his hand. Officers gave verbal commands to drop the firearm at which point the suspect complied, but continued to flee. Officers captured the suspect, who reportrdly began to actively resist, in the 500 block of Linney Street, where he was safely taken into custody.  

The suspect, Lawrence Hubert, 28, was found in possession of two firearms and less than two ounces of marijuana.  He was arrested and taken to the Liberty County Jail. No one was injured and the public was in no immediate danger during the incident. 

The Dayton Police Department wishes to thank the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and LCSRT, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Unit, who assisted with the incident.

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