Smith County, Texas (FOX51) — Four men have been charged with burglary of a habitation in connection with the attempted burglary of the home of Charles French on Thursday, on County Road 4142.
Devante Montreal Veasey, 21, Nathaniel Montez Dorsey, age 23, Ariel De’ja Raibon, age 21, and Maurice Phillips, age 21, were all arrested. Charges are pending on one other man whose identity will be released later.
“According to preliminary reports, the homeowner arrived at his residence and discovered five men in his home who were in the process of burglarizing it,” said John Moore, public information officer for the Smith County Sheriff's Office.
At first, French said he didn't know they were burglars, but knew something was suspicious.
"They said they were with an energy company and wanted to know if I needed electricity," French exclusively told KETK crews on scene.
French went on to say he then heard something in the back of the house and realized what was happening.
He told KETK that he immediately grabbed his shotgun, and several of the burglars got into an SUV and left.
“The burglars were in different vehicles," Moore said. "Four of them left the scene in a Chevrolet Tahoe, but one of them was in a different vehicle and was detained at gunpoint by the homeowner."
"My shotgun wasn't loaded, but he didn't know that," French said.
French called law enforcement and waited for them to arrive. According to French, the burglar did not try to escape. He sat down and waited for Smith County Sheriff deputies to take him into custody.
Moore said that Tyroderick Loftis, a Criminal Investigation Division detective with the sheriffs department, was following the burglary on his radio when he spotted a Chevrolet Tahoe matching the description of the one involved in the incident.
“Detective Loftis called for backup after he followed the vehicle into the Woody Weaver Pharmacy parking lot on Gentry Parkway. The Tyler Police Department and others responded. Two of the four in the Tahoe were arrested on site."
The two others led officers on a brief foot chase through a wooded area, and were eventually caught by Tyler Police officials near Charlotte St. in Tyler.