TYLER – Four persons have been charged with burglary of a habitation in conjunction with an incident Wednesday on Smith County Road 4142. They are Devante Montreal Veasey, age 21; Nathaniel Montez Dorsey, age 23; Ariel De’ja Raibon, age 21; and Maurice Phillips, age 21. Charges are pending on one other man whose identity will be released later, according to officials.
Smith County authorities reported Wednesday that one suspect was arrested after a homeowner held him at gunpoint, and the other four had also been apprehended. Wednesday afternoon shortly after 1:15, multiple units from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call on County Road 4142, where the homeowner caught several men in the process of burglarizing his house and held one of them at gunpoint until deputies arrived. KETK identifies the homeowner as Charles French.
“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, Smith County Sheriff’s Office. “The burglars were in different vehicles. 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. A number of Smith County deputies, detectives and other personnel responded to the scene and took the individual at the residence into custody.”
Moore said that Tyroderick Loftis, a Criminal Investigation Division detective with the SCSO, 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 and Tyler PD arrested the other two after a brief foot pursuit.”