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The Huntsville Police Department made an arrest in the case of reported last week. Degerrick Deon Sandles, 26, was arrested on three charges - aggravated sexual robbery, aggravated assault, and aggravated kidnapping - in connection with the offenses that occurred during the evening hours of February 3rd in the 1300 block of Smither. All charges are felonies of the first degree. Additionally, Sandles is charged with forgery of a financial instrument, a felony of the third degree, and possession of marijuana, a “B” misdemeanor.
According to HPD, detectives were able to develop Sandles as a suspect in the offenses that occurred on February 3rd through evidence located at the scene. Once identified, a warrant was issued for Sandles arrest on the felony charges. During their investigation, detectives and officers found Sandles’ vehicle in the 1200 block of Josey St.
HPD officers then conducted surveillance on the vehicle until Sandles entered the vehicle. Officers were able to keep Sandles from fleeing the scene and took him into custody Tuesday evening. During their investigation at the scene, the arrest officers found marijuana and counterfeit money.
Sandles is being held at the Walker County Jail on all five charges, with bonds of $200,000 each on the first degree felonies, a $3000 bond on the third-degree felony and a $1000 bond on the “B” misdemeanor, for a total of $604,000.
A first-degree felony carries a punishment range from 5 to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a possible fine up to $10,000. A third-degree felony carries a punishment range from 2 to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000. A “B” misdemeanor carries a punishment up to 180 days in the county jail and a possible fine not to exceed $2,000.
Chief Kevin Lunsford would like to thank numerous law enforcement agencies for their cooperation in the arrest of Sandles. Agencies assisting HPD included the Sam Houston State University Police Department, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the TDCJ Office of Inspector General, the Texas Rangers, the Houston Police Department, the Houston County Sheriff’s Department, and the Crockett Police Department.
“I appreciate the assistance of our allied agencies in the investigation. This was truly a team effort in helping bring Sandles to justice,” Chief Lunsford said. “Everyone knew this was a heinous crime and offered their assistance at every turn.”
For more information, call Lt. Curt Landrum at 936-291-5480.